L'Explorateur, Shiraz, Barossa Valley, 2005

  Colonial Estate

L'Explorateur, Shiraz, Barossa Valley

Contains Sulphites.

About Colonial Estate

The drive and expertise Jonathan Maltus has demonstrated in his fabulous boutique St Emilions Teyssier, Laforge and Le Dôme is now bearing fruits in the Barossa Valley. The same rigorous approach applies to his range of Colonial Estate wines. The grapes are hand-picked into trays and double-sorted. The reds receive cold pre-maceration, delestages, pigeage, and maceration on the skins prior to ageing in French oak; whilst the whites get whole-bunch pressing and bâtonnage and are fermented with yeasts imported from Champagne. The reds emanate from the prime Northern Arc of the Barossa Valley and the whites from the cool-climate Adelaide Hills district. Each block is vinified separately in order to optimise its individual characteristics, the fermentation and maceration lasting up to 3 weeks, before being run-off into French oak barrels. Ageing is for 12 months in a blend of new, one- and two-year-old French oak casks.

Appellation: Barossa Valley

With some of the oldest plantings of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre in Australia the Barossa Valley is perhaps the most famous wine region in Australia. The warm valley floor and scarcity of water, coupled with incredibly old, dry farmed vines produces some of Australias most powerful reds.

Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz

The great red grape of the northern Rhône where it reaches its optimum levels in the violet-scented muscular wines of Hermitage and the graceful sappy Côte Rôties, which in the latter case is sometimes blended with Viognier. The wines of Cornas are renowned as producing Syrah-based wines very close in quality to Hermitage, while St Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage also represent some good value examples. It is also a component of many southern Rhône reds, namely Gigondas and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. As Shiraz, it is Australia's most important red variety, found in various guises from ripe fruit-forward commercial wines to intense concentrated old vine cuvees such as Grange and those of Clarendon Hills. In the best instances Syrah/Shiraz produces deep, spicy, age-worthy wines.