The Colonial Estate Grenache Old Vine Alexander Laing 2006
Grenache from Barossa Valley, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The Belvidere vineyard is next to the famous Kalimna Vineyard – the home of Grange in the Barossa Valley. The clay soils are deep and give an earthiness to the resulting wine. The vines are green harvested to produce a crop at 1.5 tonnes an acre. Picked at dawn, the grapes are hand-picked, double sorted, and fermented in oak vats before ageing in 100% new French oak barrels.
The vine-pull in the Barossa Valley reduced heavily the amount seriously old vines. One of the varieties to survive was Grenache, and therefore this Single Vineyard wine is produced from 100 year old weather-beaten vines that produce small berries from the region of Greenock in the North-west corner of the Barossa Valley. Green-harvesting, handpicking, along with meticulous winemaking ensures a wine that explodes at the back of the palate after a subtle and restrained attack, resulting in a huge finish as well as loads of richness and extract.
"Deep, saturated red. Wild, pungent aromas of dark berries, cherry compote and cured game, with floral and mineral qualities gaining power with air. Dense and brooding on the palate, slowly unfolding to offer rich dark fruit preserve and sweet herbal flavors. Chewy tannins add grip to the broad, sweet finish, which strongly repeats the ripe cherry quality. I'd hold off on opening this one. 92+"
International Wine Cellar
"The 2006 Alexander Laing Old Vine Grenache is medium ruby-colored, the nose gives up spice aromas including cinnamon, white pepper, clove, and sage as well as black cherry and black raspberry. Silky-textured, elegant, and already showing some complexity, this tasty Grenache will perform optimally from 2010 to 2018."
The Wine Advocate
"Dark and spicy, with a meaty character to the black cherry and tar flavors, lingering on the firm-textured finish. Best from 2010 through 2014. 500 cases made."
Great, great good grenache! I took advantage of the low price here and, boy, am I glad. Beautiful, deep color. Intense, full flavors (dried cherry, deep raspberry)--just what one would want from a rich grenache. Bought 6, may order 6 more.
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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 Grenache
This sun-worshiping grape gets ripe and loves hot, dry weather. Popular in
(called Garnacha), Australia and the southern
Rhone region of France, Grenache
is the primary grape in regions such as
It's often tamed by less fleshy, more structured grapes like
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