Explorateur Shiraz 2017

  • $30.00
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Introduction

Explorateur - "The Explorer". The Barossa Valley is first and foremost famous for Shiraz above all other varieties, so it's a natural choice. These grapes are handpicked and given a French twist in their winemaking to deliver something outside of the norm.

Tasting Notes

Deep purple with red brick flash around the edge. There are evident blackberry characters with hints of liquorice, oak and aniseed. The palate is softly spoken and fruit driven initially with blackberries, plums and liquorice notes giving your insight into what is ahead. An approachable mid palate, which is full-flavored, while the fine-grained tannins finish with complex notes of olives, cashew nuts and oak. An alluring finish, which is moreish and smooth, yet has great length.

Winemaking

The vineyards that make up Explorateur are based in the North-Western Barossa Valley. This is a belt of land that runs from North West of Tanunda – Marananga, Greenock, Moppa, Ebenezer, and through to Stockwell, just north of Nuriootpa. Cropping levels are kept low to ensure the fruit flavour is focused. 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.

Region Barossa Valley
Cellaring Drinking well now or can be cellared for the next 7 years
Alcohol 14.5%

Accolades

 2017 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine 2018 - 94 POINTS
 2017 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine 2018 - GOLD Medal
 2013 Vintage San Francisco International Wine Competition 2015 - SILVER Medal
2013 Vintage CWSA 2015 Best Value - DOUBLE GOLD
2013 Vintage Melbourne International Wine Competition 2015 - GOLD Medal
2013 Vintage AWC Vienna 2015 - GOLD Medal
2011 Vintage Concours Mondial 2014 - GOLD Medal
2011 Vintage AWC Vienna 2014 - GOLD Medal
2011 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine, April 2014 - 93 POINTS
2010 Vintage Shanghai International Wine Challenge 2013 - GOLD Medal
2010 Vintage AWC Vienna 2013 - GOLD Medal
2010 Vintage San Francisco International Wine Challenge 2013 - GOLD Medal
2010 Vintage AWC Vienna 2012 - SILVER Medal
2010 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine, July 2012 - 90 POINTS
2010 Vintage San Francisco International Wine Show 2012 - SILVER Medal
2008 Vintage Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate - 91 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