The Colonial Estate
Expectation Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
Region: Barossa Valley
Colour: Garnet red with a bright hue.
Bouquet: Voluptuous aromas of blackberry, plum and a touch of spice interwoven with a backbone of vanilla oak.
Palate: Blackberry and plum flavours dominate and are mouth filling while dark chocolate and liquorice add another level of depth. Sweet Shiraz fruit surrounds a firm tannin backbone whilst a touch of natural fruit acid works with the vanilla oak character to add length and a moorish element that is firm yet enticing.
Cellaring Potential: Should evolve beautifully in bottle and drink best over the next decade.
Winemaking Details: Sourced from a single vineyard wine sourced from the famed Western Barossa Valley sub region. The vines are all hand selected for inclusion in the blend in the vineyard by winemaker and viticulturist and produce at 3-4 tonne to the acre. Grapes were picked at dawn, it received fermentation in small open top fermenters, followed by malolactic fermentation and ageing in the finest selection of imported barrels.
Serving Suggestions: Flame grilled fillet of beef with a red wine jus or hearty lamb stew would be my food matches of choice.