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The Colonial Estate 'Explorateur'

Shiraz, 2005

Australia Red

Barossa Valley 75cl

This is a full throttle Shiraz from the impressive Colonial Estate. Having tried many of the 2005 reds it seems to me there must have been a change in oaking.from previous years The wines are great- don't get me wrong but all seem to have in various degrees a real mocha, chocolate, creamy oak character. It really struck me as a commom trait when tasting this. Not a problem- an observation! This is another really impressive young wine.
Full rich berry fruit on the nose, spice, aok and some chocolatey oak. Realy rich on the palate lovely high toned cassis and plum. Quite a roasted and meaty flavour with black cherry, plum, coffee and toasty oak. It's got a lovely texture with loads of fruit, spice, and integrated oak. Tannins too, but very ripe. It's a pretty hedonistic, voluptuois style-but not just a fruit bomb -it's structured, layered and long, though needs 2-3 years to really flesh out.

Published: 25 February 2007

, Author: Noel

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