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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
The Colonial Estate Explorateur Shiraz 2004
The Colonial Estate Explorateur Shiraz 2004
(search item no. 93728)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2004 Shiraz l'Explorateur's opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by an opulent, creamy mouthfeel, sweet tannin, loads of richness and concentration, and a heady, smooth finish. This velvety-textured, character-filled Shiraz should drink well for a decade."
-Wine Advocate

Classic ripe Shiraz that is handpicked from old Shiraz Vines based in the north of the Barossa Valley. The grapes are double-sorted – by bunch and then by grape - on arrival at the winery and, after fermentation, aged in French and American oak for a year. Purple in colour with a round, enveloping taste.

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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.