A great result once again at the largest officially recognised wine competition in the World – AWC Vienna!
This year we have come away with some outstanding results bringing home the following medals:

2011 In Exile Shiraz Cabernet – GOLD
2011 Explorateur Shiraz – GOLD
2011 Exile Shiraz – SILVER
2011 Exodus Chardonnay – SILVER
2011 Émigré – SILVER
2011 Mungo Park Shiraz – SILVER

Congratulations to the winemaking team on another outstanding effort!

Highly Rated in World’s Greatest Shiraz Challenge


Results for Winestate Magazine’s annual World’s Greatest Shiraz Challenge have been released and we have come away with two incredible results, confirming we are certainly up there and competing against some of the World’s most famous Shiraz. More than 500 wines around the World were judged blind during a four-day period; see below our results and what the judges had to say about these two fabulous wines:

In Exile Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet 2011 – 5 STAR RATING
One judge described this wine as having, ‘Pepper and spice and everything nice.’ Lots of spicy oak on the nose with a refined and elegant palate that is still quite tight. Good length and texture.

Exile Barossa Valley Shiraz 2011 – 4 1/2 STAR RATING
A very attractive, very pretty wine with borderline cool region green touches to the spicy berry fruit characters and supported by some long and well-structured tannins.

Seriously Good CWSA Results


The results are in, and we couldn’t be happier with the seriously good results awarded to us at this years China Wine & Spirit Awards 2014 – China’s biggest and most prestigious wine & spirit competition!

2011 Émigré – DOUBLE GOLD
2011 Exile Shiraz – GOLD
2013 Emissaire Riesling – GOLD
2011 Exodus Chardonnay – GOLD
2011 Mungo Park Shiraz – SILVER
2011 In Exile Shiraz Cabernet – SILVER

Regional Trophy Winner at Decanter, London!


The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the world’s largest and most influential wine competition. Judged by the world’s wine experts, the results provide a comprehensive list of wine recommendations and international stockiest.

The Colonial Estate are ecstatic to announce our In Exile Barossa Shiraz Cabernet 2011 was awarded a regional trophy. Only 158 wines out of over 15,000 entries won a Regional Trophy – that’s just 1% of all wines entered which highlights what an amazing achievement this is for us!

The awards don’t stop there, so take a look below at the extensive range of our wines that were all awarded:

The Colonial Estate In Exile Barossa Shiraz Cabernet 2011 – TROPHY
“Lively and energetic, yet showing opulence, with the ripe dark berry and cherry fruit fully integrated with the oak. Attractive cedar notes, spice and lots of wood give a savory edge to balance the bright fruit, and there’s good structure, with round, velvety tannins. Harmonious, long and seamless.”

The Colonial Estate Exile Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – SILVER
“Very ripe and complex. Full of black fruits alongside well integrated oak. A classic style with concentrated blackcurrant flavour and plenty of tannins. Fresh with a great finish.”

The Colonial Estate Mungo Park Barossa Shiraz 2011 – BRONZE
“Lovely nose with dark fruits and complex herb and savoury notes. Soft cocoa and tropical flavours with a pleasant flowering of blackcurrant and blackberry on the finish.”

The Colonial Estate Émigré Barossa GCS 2011 – BRONZE
“Sweet cherry nose with subtle spice, leather and liquorice followed by a creamy palate with lovely red berry and rhubarb ice cream characters. Clean and precise.”

The Colonial Estate Emissaire Eden Valley Riesling 2013 – SILVER
“A simply glorious nose with very pure fruit aromas alongside delicate orange blossom and fragrant jasmine and a touch of white pepper. A hint of saltiness with a beautiful lemon acidity on the palate.”

The Colonial Estate Explorateur Barossa Shiraz 2011 – COMMENDED
“Medium-bodied, meaty and dense in a glossy, spiced, plummy fruit style with underlying liquorice, herbs.”



The World’s Wine Shows are gearing up and we expect another big year in 2014! It is with great pleasure that we announce that some of our newest releases have started the year off strong, bringing in all GOLD medals at this years 2014 China Wine and Spirit Awards, Best Value competition:

2011 Exile Shiraz – DOUBLE GOLD
2010 Exile Cabernet Sauvignon – DOUBLE GOLD
2011 In Exile Shiraz Cabernet – DOUBLE GOLD
2011 Mungo Park Shiraz – GOLD
2011 Émigré GCS – GOLD
2011 Exodus Chardonnay – GOLD