exile shiraz


Exile is named after the CD ‘Exile on Main Street’ by the Rolling Stones. It is sourced from some of the oldest and finest vineyards in the Barossa Valley.

The Winemaking

After the stunning 2012 vintage, we were blessed with a second consecutive vintage of excellent quality fruit despite difficult conditions, which kept yields well below average. Early frost kept bud numbers low and as a result reduced the volume of fruit produced; the low crop and one of the driest and quickest vintages on record as a result of a late dry winter and spring which lead into the usual warm dry summer ripening period. The bulk of the fruit was sourced from an old vineyard in Marananga, which is dry grown and includes a block of vines over 100 years in age. The vines that make up Exile were pruned severely and received a run of green harvesting, finally producing just one and a half tonne to the acre on average. The fruit was basket pressed and fermented in small one and two tonne fermenters. It was hand plunged three times daily and the wine was matured on lees to maintain the fruit profile and matured in Hogshead barrels for 24 months prior to being bottled with minimal filtration.

Tasting Notes

Deep dark purple in colour with red cherry hues. The bouquet showcases brilliant cherry and blackberry florals, followed by layers of earth, dark plum and espresso coffee notes. The palate is still quite bright and broody which reflects it will cellar well so suggest decanting before consumption if drunk early. There is black plum, blackberry, juicy cassis, dried spice and melted dark chocolate notes. The underlying earthy character becomes more apparent when allowed to breathe; this also allows the layers of tannin to become more apparent whilst a slight touch of natural fruit acid and the oak will ensure longevity and development in the bottle. This wine should evolve beautifully in bottle over the next couple of decades.


2012 Vintage - 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards - SILVER

2012 Vintage - 2015 China Wine & Spirit Awards, Best Value - DOUBLE GOLD TROPHY WINNER - BEST BV SHIRAZ

2011 Vintage - 2014 AWC Vienna - SILVER

2011 Vintage - 2014 China Wine & Spirit Awards - GOLD

2011 Vintage - Australian Wine Showcase Magazine, April 2014 Issue - 94 POINTS

2011 Vintage - 2014 CWSA - DOUBLE GOLD

2010 Vintage - 2013 AWC Vienna - GOLD

2010 Vintage - 2013 New Zealand International Wine Show - SILVER

2010 Vintage - 2013 China Wine and Spirit Awards - GOLD

2010 Vintage - 2013 San Francisco International Wine Challenge - SILVER

2010 Vintage - 2013 China Wine Awards - GOLD

2010 Vintage - Wine Showcase Magazine Barossa Edition August 2013 - 94 POINTS

2010 Vintage - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front - 90 POINTS

2010 Vintage - 2012 Royal Hobart Wine Show - SILVER

2010 Vintage - 2012 IWSC, London - SILVER

2010 Vintage - 2012 China Wine Awards -GOLD

2010 Vintage - 2012 AWC Vienna International Wine Competition - GOLD

2010 Vintage - 2012 New Zealand International Wine Competition - SILVER

2010 Vintage - Australian Wine Showcase Magazine - 92 POINTS

2010 Vintage - 2012 San Francisco International Wine Show - DOUBLE GOLD

2009 Vintage - 2013 AWC Vienna - GOLD

2009 Vintage - 2012 Syrah Du Monde, France - GOLD

2009 Vintage - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate - 92 POINTS

2009 Vintage - AWC Vienna 2011 Wine Show - TROPHY - TOP OF CLASS & GOLD

2009 Vintage - Concours Mondial Brussels 2011 Wine Show - GOLD

2009 Vintage - IWSC London 2011 - SILVER

2006 Vintage - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate - 93 POINTS

2005 Vintage - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate - 95 POINTS

2004 Vintage - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate - 96 POINTS

2003 Vintage - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate - 94 POINTS

2002 Vintage - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate - 95 POINTS

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