Thursday, June 12, 2014

Review: *** $$ The Colonial Estate Explorateur Old Vine Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2006

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Today we'll be sampling a well-aged shiraz from the classic Australian region of Barossa Valley.


Original tasting and review : This is The Colonial Estate Explorateur Old Vine Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2006, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep rusty red turning black within an inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold, magenta, brilliant inky notes.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep, mature and still full of fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright red acids circulating around the crusty, full, lightly-oxidized purple fruit.  Chewy in texture, with the finish moving with red acids into your cheeks.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Almost gains a plus for power in its individual element - lots there, but they don't quite knit together.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Colonial Estate Explorateur Old Vine Shiraz. 

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