The Colonial Estate
Entrepreneur Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

  • Variety: Shiraz

    Region: Barossa

    Colour: Black Purple with cherry red flashes.

    Winemaker's Notes

  • Bouquet: Brilliant cherry and blackberry florals on the nose followed by layers of earth, dark plums and espresso coffee notes.

  • Palate: Still quite bright and broody which reflects it will cellar well so suggest decanting well before consumption if drunk early. There is black plum, blackberry, juicy cassis, dried spice and melted dark chocolate notes. The underlying earthy character becomes more apparent when allowed to breathe; this also allows the layers of tannin to become more apparent whilst a slight touch of natural fruit acid and the oak will ensure longevity and development in the bottle.

  • Cellaring Potential: Should evolve beautifully in bottle over the next couple of decades.

  • Winemaking Details: The fruit was sourced from an old vineyard in Marananga, which is dry grown and includes a block of vines over 100 years in age. The vines that make up Exile were pruned severely and received a run of green harvesting finally producing just one and a half tonne to the acre on average. The fruit was basket pressed and fermented in small 1 and 2 tonne fermenters, it was hand plunged three times daily, the wine was matured on lees to maintain the fruit profile and matured in 100% new Hogheads barrels for 24 months prior to being bottled with minimal filtration.