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 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.
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