The Colonial Estate Grenache Old Vine Alexander Laing 2006
Grenache from Barossa Valley, Australia
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.
International Wine Cellar - "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+"
The Wine Advocate - "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."
Wine Spectator - "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."
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The Colonial Estate Winery
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' Château 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 prior to ageing in French oak; whilst the whites get whole-bunch pressing and lees bâtonnage and are fermented with yeasts imported from Champagne . The reds come, in principle from the prime Northern Arc of the Barossa Valley and the whites from the cool-climate of the Adelaide Hills. The wines are produced from vines that are either owned by the Company or are from selected growers. View all The Colonial Estate Wines
About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
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 industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley proper. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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2 ratings, 1 with review55/30/2011Rachel Mercer - Prosser, WA53/23/2010Great, 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.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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