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.
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The Barossa Valley is a store of old vines coupled with an extended number of grape varieties that produce ripe, fruity, modern wines.
The prime terroir that makes up the ‘Northern Arc' of the Barossa Valley lends itself to the production of Cabernet Sauvignon - particularly the area around... more
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 Mourvedre. Handpicked before... more
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 oak for a year. Purple in color with a round, enveloping taste. more
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... more
The Barossa Valley is a source of disparate terroirs. For Émigre the inspiration has been to embrace this and produce a wine that represents the palette of the Barossa Valley - from Greenock in the western hills to the Eden Valley in the east, taking in the valley floor.
Émigre is sourced from... more
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,... more
Émigre is sourced from the Colonial-owned vineyards and is made up of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre, Muscadelle, and Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the vineyards comprising Grenache and Mourvedre surround the stone built winery.
Dense, spicy and vibrant, with superconcentrated, sharply... more
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... more
The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Envoy GSM is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, and 20% Mourvedre. Its elegant, complex perfume of peppery black currant and cherry fruit, loamy soil, resiny pine forest, and meaty aromas is followed by a complex, elegant yet substantial red to consume over the... more
Exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with a big, rich bouquet of melted licorice, blackberry liqueur, pepper and a hint of road tar. Ripe, full-bodied, supple-textured, and long, it should drink well for 5-10 years.-Wine Advocate
Classic ripe Shiraz that is handpicked from old Shiraz Vines... more