The Colonial Estate
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2002 The Colonial Estate, Exile, Barossa Valley, Australia
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The Colonial Estate is owned and managed by 'cult' winemaker Jonathan Maltus who made his name with St Emilion's Château Teyssier and its cult sister wines Le Dôme and Château Laforge.
The Colonial Estate is comprised of a range of vineyards throughout South Australia's Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. The winemaking team comprises of Neil Whyte, Cyril Beziat (from Château Teyssier) and Scott Hazeldine, with Gilles Pauquet consulting, as he does for Châteaux Cheval Blanc, Figeac, and Teyssier.
Maltus uses a number of methods unheard of in Barossa, home to some of Australia's most celebrated small producers. He imported all his winemaking equipment from St Emilion: wooden vats, barrels, triage tables and makes sure the wine is genuinely 'handmade' to the point of sorting the grapes both before and after destemming, ensuring nothing other than pristine grapes are placed into the vat.
'Exile' is sourced from the 'Lange' Vineyard which is surrounded by homes and used to supply grapes for the production of the mighty 'Grange'. This single-vineyard wine is made up of old vine Shiraz with some Mourvedre and Muscadelle. The age of some of these vines date back to the 1800's.