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 bulk of this fruit was sourced from an old vineyard in Marananga, which is dry grown although a small amount of fruit comes from Eden Valley. The vines that make up Exile are pruned severely and receive two runs of green harvesting finally producing just one tonne to the acre. Exile grapes are all hand picked and the grapes are selected in individual batches by winemaker and vigneron. The grapes are transported to the winery and the wine is fermented in old concrete fermenters after extreme cold maceration. The wines have their malolactic in new French oak, and are then aged for 24 months before final barrel selection, blending and bottled with minimal filtration.
An explosion of perfumed scents with sweet black fruits, graphite, cherries, acacia flowers, licorice, blackcurrants, smoke, truffle and spice box. Velvety textured and elegant on the palate, this wine offers serious depth and concentration, if ever there was a six dimensional wine then this is it! Blackberries, cherries, black currant, graphite, acacia flowers, licorice, damp earth, smoke, truffles and beautifully interwoven tannins and French oak. In describing this wine I fear words may not quite be enough and this ever evolving palate is so complex its actually near impossible to truly describe everything that is going on although it still has a sense of simplicity.
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 - 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