The Colonial Estate John Speke 2005
Producer: The Colonial Estate
Region/Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country Hierarchy: Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Grape/Blend: Grenache – Mourvedre – Syrah
Wine Style: Red – Rich and Intense
Alcohol Content: 15.5%
Tasting Notes: Jay Miller (RobertParker.com) “The 2005 John Speke GSM is composed of 50% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, and 20% Mourvedre. Grapes were sourced from vines ranging in age from 60 to 100 years located near Nuriootpa. The nose features notes of spice box, damp earth, truffle, kirsch, black raspberry, and blueberry muffin. Velvety-textured and elegant on the palate, this hedonistic effort offers serious depth and concentration, gobs of red and black fruits, and a long, pure finish.”
About The Colonial Estate:
In the middle 1800’s the Lange family settled from Bavaria in the Barossa Valley. The vineyard that they decided to plant was just off the main road of Nuriootpa. The vines have been dry grown since then and the grapes have gone into the great and good of Australia including “Grange”. Like “Chateau Haut-Brion” the town has grown up around it and it is now an oasis of a vineyard with houses surrounding it.
Exile is 100% sourced from the “Lange” Vineyard, now a part of The Colonial Estate. The single-vineyard wine is made up of old vine Shiraz with some Mourvedre and Muscadelle. The age of some of these vines date back to the 1800’s.
The wine is made in the French fashion – low cropping aided by green harvesting, handpicking into trays, and double-triage on arrival at the winery. The wooden vats – shipped from Cognac in France -appear incongruous in their setting. The wine is picked ripe and, after vinification, poured into pure new French oak.
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