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Date Printed: 9/15/2014
The Colonial Estate Exile Shiraz 2006
The Colonial Estate Exile Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 102860)
collectible wine
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/15/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A big, inky wine with a deep dark cherry robe. Intense blackcurrant, black cherry and toasty oak. Hint of woodsmoke, vanilla and exotic spices. Powerful structure, integrating silky tannins, chocolatey oak and fresh black berry fruit flavours. Well-layered tannins lead to an incredibly long, persistent finish.

About The Colonial Estate
In the middle 1800's the Lange family settled from Bavaria in the Barossa Valley. The vineyard that they decided to plant was just off the main road of Nuriootpa. The vines have been dry grown since then and the grapes have gone into the great and good of Australia including "Grange". Like "Chateau Haut-Brion" the town has grown up around it and it is now an oasis of a vineyard with houses surrounding it.

Exile is 100% sourced from the "Lange" Vineyard, now a part of The Colonial Estate. The single-vineyard wine is made up of old vine Shiraz with some Mourvedre and Muscadelle. The age of some of these vines date back to the 1800's.

The wine is made in the French fashion – low cropping aided by green harvesting, handpicking into trays, and double-triage on arrival at the winery. The wooden vats – shipped from Cognac in France -appear incongruous in their setting. The wine is picked ripe and, after vinification, poured into pure new French oak.

My Notes:

About The Colonial Estate:

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.