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Barossa Valley Estate E Minor Shiraz 2006
Barossa Valley Estate E Minor Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 107522)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $9.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is taken from twenty seven of our grower partners from the Barossa Valley Floor with 16% from our own vineyards in Marananga. 16% was also taken from the Northern Barossa where we source our award winning E&E Black Pepper Shiraz. After fermentation 45% of this wine was aged six months in equal portions of French and American oak. The oak selection has added complexity and flavour with 24% aged in new oak barrels, 10% in one year old barrels, 30% in two year old barrels and 36% in three to four year old barrels.

Deep red in colour with purple hues, this wine exhibits rich Shiraz aromas of cherries, plums, spices, and black pepper along with some beautifully integrated oak sweetness and spice.

Enjoy with lamb shanks, spicy eastern cuisine or rich pasta dishes.

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About Barossa Valley Estate:

Barossa Valley Estate was established in 1985 by a group of Barossa Valley grape growers who saw an opportunity to add value to their harvest. The winery was initially established as a co-operative with the objective of making and marketing premium bottled wine. The grape growers and the winemaker have a very close relationship due to this structure and the synergy that has developed is evident in the richness and depth of flavors in the wine. Since its inception, Barossa Valley Estate has gone from strength to strength.

Today the portfolio of wines comprises E&E, Ebenezer and Moculta. Each of these ranges is unique and made to a particular style. The E&E Black Pepper Shiraz is the quintessential Barossa Shiraz - powerful and intense with rich fruit and firm tannins. This is a wine that will mature and develop in the bottle for well over a decade. The Ebenezer range showcases the range classic Barossa styles, with Shiraz, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon blend forming the core of the range with the Sparkling Pinot Noir offering a great, full flavored Blanc de Noir. The Moculta range is designed as a more approachable wine upon release. The four wines in the range are all table wines and include Shiraz, Chardonnay, Semillon and Cabernet Merlot.



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Water Wheel Memsie 2006
Water Wheel Memsie 2006
(search item no. 93149)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Memsie red has a dark cherry/purple color. There are obvious blackcurrant, plum and spice characters dominating the nose. The palate is fresh with voluminous and forward, spice, berry and plum flavors obvious. These flavors are complimented by hints of sweet oak. The wine has great length with a persistent, smooth and clean finish.

87% Shiraz, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec

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About Water Wheel:

The present Water Wheel operation is the brainchild of Peter Cumming whose family have long been established as successful growers of tomatoes and cherries around Bridgewater-on-Loddon to the north-west of Bendigo in central Victoria. Peter studied winemaking at Roseworthy, and after a few excellent years as winemaker for Hickinbotham at the old Anakie vineyard near Geelong, threw himself boots and all into the Water Wheel business. His driving ambition as a relatively inexperienced winemaker was to capture as much flavor on the palate of his wines as he possibly could, precisely the edge that Water Wheel still retains over so many of its competitors.