The Colonial Estate Envoy GSM 2006

Rhone Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Australia

$30.00 $15.29
Save $14.71
Item No. 102858
  • red wine
  • RP91
  • ST91
  • JH91
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

The Barossa Valley is a store of old vines coupled with an extended number of grape varieties that produce ripe, fruity, modern wines.

The traditional mix from the Southern Rhone excels in the Barossa Valley – the home in Australia of old bush-vine Grenache and Mourvèdre. Handpicked before being transported to the winery in shallow trays, the grapes are double-sorted before vinification. The wine is aged for a year in French and American oak barrels.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2006 Envoy GSM is composed of 50% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, and 20% Mourvedre. Dark ruby-colored, it delivers a fragrant perfume of earth notes, mineral, wild cherry, and blueberry. Smooth textured, savory, and concentrated, this tasty wine will blossom with another 2-3 years of cellaring and offer prime drinking from 2010 to 2018. The Colonial Estate is the Australian project of Englishman and Bordeaux chateau owner Jonathan Maltus. His first vintage in Australia was 2002. The entry level wines are line-priced at $30 offering excellent bang for the buck. "
91 Points

"Deep ruby. Red and dark berries on the nose, with exotic floral and incense qualities adding complexity and lift. Medium-bodied raspberry and blackberry flavors are energetic and strikingly precise, with dusty minerality adding grip to the back end. Clean, racy and focused, with very good finishing lift and cut."
91 Points

"The shiraz component adds some structure to the blend, but the flavours are essentially driven by the grenache. All of these wines have elements of Southern Rhône."
91 Points

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Rating:
(9/29/2010)
Refreshing. Had to take a look at the label to make sure it wasn't a Southern Rhone. Wonderfully flavored with a nice finish. No one would turn this one down.
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Learn About The Colonial Estate Map ItMap It

The Colonial Estate is a range of limited-production Barossa Valley wines that are handpicked and vinified using mainly French methods by Jonathan Maltus of Bordeaux' Chateau Teyssier. CWC's approach is deliberately and uniquely French. The wines are handpicked into trays and double-sorted. The reds receive cold pre-maceration, delestages, pigeage, and maceration on the skins...

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Learn About Barossa Valley

The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley. Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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Winemaker's Notes "The deep ruby/purple tinged 2004 Envoy GSM is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, and 20% Mourvedre. ...
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