Exile is named after the CD ‘Exile on Main Street’ by the Rolling Stones. It is a single vineyard wine based on the oldest and finest vineyards in the Barossa Valley.
Sourced from a small block in the Greenock region of the Barossa, we made the decision to not produce a 2011 vintage after the epic 2010 due to tough climatic conditions. The vines that make up Exile were pruned severely and given minimal water and as a result of this, they produce extremely small yields.. Exile grapes are all hand picked and the grapes are selected in individual batches by the winemaker and vigneron. The grapes are harvested then transported to the winery where they are de-stemmed and crushed individually into small static fermenters. Fermentation was brought on by the use of select yeast strains and the temperatures peaked at 28 degrees before chilling back to 20 degrees for the completion of fermentation. The fermenters were pumped over 3 times daily to ensure the perfect amount of colour and tannin was extracted from the skins. A small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon was allowed to stay on skins for a week of additional maceration after the ferments were complete. The batches were then pressed into new French barrels where they underwent malolactic fermentation and then aged for 18 months before final barrel selection, blending and bottled with minimal filtration.
The bouquet is elegantly proportioned with obvious varietal characters of ripe blackcurrant fruit infused with mint, fresh herbs, earth and olive. Wonderful density and depth to the aromatics which reveal a soft inkiness and subtle hints of pencil shavings and oak to finish. The palate is fruit driven with a lively core and backbone and well integrated oak. It is a well-rounded wine with smooth tannins with cassis, currants and mulberries.
2010 Vintage - 2015 China Wine & Spirit Awards, Best Value - DOUBLE GOLD
2010 Vintage - IWSC London - SILVER
2010 Vintage - Australian Wine Showcase Magazine, April 2014 Issue - 94 POINTS
2010 Vintage - 2014 CWSA - DOUBLE GOLD
2010 Vintage - 2014 Concours Mondial - GOLD
2009 Vintage - 2013 AWC Vienna - GOLD
2009 Vintage - 2013 China Wine and Spirit Awards - GOLD
2009 Vintage - 2013 San Francisco International Wine Challenge - GOLD
2009 Vintage - Wine Showcase Magazine Barossa Edition August 2013 - 95 POINTS
2009 Vintage - 2013 IWC, London - SILVER
2009 Vintage - 2013 China Wine Awards - GOLD
2009 Vintage - 2012 IWSC, London - SILVER
2009 Vintage - 2012 China Wine Awards - SILVER
2009 Vintage - 2012 AWC Vienna International Wine Competition - SILVER
2009 Vintage - Australian Wine Showcase Magazine - 93 POINTS
2009 Vintage - WineState Magazine, July/August Issue - 4 STARS