2002 Barossa Valley Estate E & E "Black Pepper" Barossa Valley Shiraz
*Top 100 Wines of 2005* Dark, juicy and profound, with layer upon layer of flavor seamlessly knit into a cohesive whole, offering dark berry, black cherry, exotic spice, black pepper and licorice that sail through the long, vivid finish. Has tremendous style, intensity and a long life ahead of it. Best from 2010 through 2022.
Ripe black fruits with obvious mocha/vanilla oak; full-bodied blackberry and sweet chocolate flavours; good texture and weight; round, ripe tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 E & E Black Pepper Shiraz spent 18 months in French and American oak, 30% new. It is opaque purple-colored with an alluring nose of cedar, pencil lead, lavender, and blueberry. This leads to a Shiraz with good depth and grip, ripe flavors, and enough tannin to evolve for 6-8 years. Drink this well-made wine through 2015.
Wine & Spirits
The warm aromas of oak, from dark chocolate to exotic spices, show that the wine hasn't yet begun to evolve. It's round and supple, with peppery shiraz fruit that gives it an honest impression, savory rather than overtly sweet. It should develop distinction with age.
A puzzle. An excellent wine with an excellent reputation from an excellent vintage, but one that we felt didn’t quite live up to some of its past incarnations. Has aromas of plum, raspberry, vanilla and oak, with many of the same notes reprising on the palate. As good as it is, there’s something missing this year. Tasted twice; note reflects the higher score.