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The Colonial Estate Exile Shiraz 2008

James Hallidays Wine Companion:
“Epic! The colour is impenetrable, the oak unbelievable and the concentration undeniable… If you like them monstrous, then this may be for you.”

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 Château 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.

The Colonial Estate’s approach to making wines in Australia has been French. Handpicking, sorting tables where they sort individual grapes, wooden vats etc: This is what separates The Colonial Estate from most Australian wineries. No expense has been spared with only the finest of winemaking practices being utilised. Brand new French Oak, French bottles, labels etc and flying over Château Teyssier’s winemaker for each vintage to produce wines of outstanding stature set them apart from all others.

Exile manifests itself as a rush of substance, power, flavour, and length, but with an underpinning definition and elegance.

This truly magnificent wine has a retail price of $US220 a bottle putting it up there with the Best Of The Best in Australian Shiraz, but I was able to get it for an amazing price of just $29.99 a bottle (limit of 1 dozen).

You ask why is it so cheap? Well Get Wines Direct bought the entire inventory of the Colonial Estate Winery from the receivers and in doing so have it at a drastically reduced price.

Never before have Get Wines Direct offered such an irresistible parcel of wines of impeccable quality and finesse with ratings and reviews to back it up including wines that have outpointed Penfolds Grange ($550). THIS IS A SIMPLY WORLD CLASS WINE.