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2002 Colonial Estates "Emigre" Red Blend Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1031422 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Medium ruby. Cassis, raspberry, violet, pepper and eucalyptus on the nose. Dense, spicy and vibrant, with superconcentrated, sharply delineated flavors of blackberry, chocolate, pepper and spices. A far cry from the literally dozens of dead fruit Shirazes I tasted in recent weeks from Australia. This has superb backbone and lift, and a bright, very long finish. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2004)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The dense purple-colored 2002 Emigre offers a sweet nose of blackberries, camphor, and smoke. Full-bodied, opulent, elegant, and seamless, it is a big, well-balanced red with wonderful ripeness, nicely-integrated wood, and a long, concentrated mouthfeel. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2005)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Rich in texture, almost Port-like in character, lavish in its ripe cherry and berry flavors, finishing so rich it feels sweet. A humdinger to admire, but better drink it with something equally muscular. (HS) Inner quote mark (3/2005)

K&L Notes

Émigré is sourced from the Colonial-owned vineyards and is made up of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre, Muscadelle and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is the product of diligent viticulture: spur-pruning, canopy management, green harvesting, and handpicking all come together to produce ripe, pure bunches of grapes that are subjected to double-triage before being conveyed into new wooden vats. Oak barrels from French coopers complete the wine's formation. Final soft pressing is undertaken in an imported basket press. The wine has a roundness and innate harmony, which belies its intensity, strength, and concentration.

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