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2005 The Colonial Estate Shiraz Exile Barossa Valley
Producer: The Colonial Estate
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Region: Barossa Valley
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95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2007
($160; 85% shiraz, 10% mourvedre and 5% grenache) Inky purple. Hugely aromatic, room-filling bouquet of dark berry compote, dark chocolate, violet, licorice and suave oak spices. Creamy and sweet but admirably restrained, with palate-staining flavors of kirsch, cassis and floral pastille. Bright minerality provides lift and silky tannins add support. Takes a weighty turn on the finish, revealing port-like plum and boysenberry flavors and remarkable persistence. For all its concentration, there's superb balance, even freshness to this behemoth. (Salute!, Dallas, TX)