Explorateur. (The Explorer) The Barossa is first and foremost famous for Shiraz above all other Varieties, so it’s a natural choice. These are handpicked and given a French twist in their winemaking to deliver something outside of the norm.

The Winemaking

The vineyards that make up Explorateur are based in the north-western Barossa Valley. Cropping levels are kept low to ensure fruit flavour is highly concentrated. The same equipment that is accorded to our more expensive wines is made available to Explorateur. Fermentation is French in approach for up to two thirds of the wine made; the rest is vinified in a more Australian way as is the oak treatment.

Tasting Notes

Deep dark crimson red in colour with deep purple hues. This Shiraz shows rich blackberry aromas supported by integrated spicy, vanillin oak. The palate is spicy with dark berry fruit flavours of cherry and cassis, which combine with skilful oak treatment to give a full-flavoured and complex wine with stylish oak tannins. The finish is smooth with added complexity from the natural acidity found in grapes. This wine is drinking beautifully now, but will reward further cellaring for another 5-7 years.


2013 Vintage - 2015 San Francisco International Wine Comp - SILVER

2013 Vintage - 2015 China Wine & Spirit Awards, Best Value - DOUBLE GOLD

2011 Vintage - 2014 AWC Vienna - GOLD

2011 Vintage - Australian Wine Showcase Magazine, April 2014 Issue - 93 POINTS

2010 Vintage - 2013 AWC Vienna - GOLD

2010 Vintage - 2013 San Francisco International Wine Challenge - GOLD

2010 Vintage - 2012 AWC Vienna International Wine Compettion - SILVER

2010 Vintage - Australian Wine Showcase Magazine - 90 POINTS

2010 Vintage - 2012 San Francisco International Wine Show - SILVER

2008 Vintage - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate – 92 POINTS

2006 Vintage - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate – 89 POINTS

2005 Vintage - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate – 90 POINTS

2004 Vintage - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate – 91 POINTS

2003 Vintage - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate – 91 POINTS

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