As promised we have put our first prized bottle in the Enomatics. The 2002 Colonial Estates 'Exile' which received a whopping 98 points from Robert Parker.
Produced from a dry-farmed, single vineyard of old vine Shiraz (some of which are 120 years old), the stunning, inky/purple-tinged 2002 Shiraz Exile was aged in 100% new French oak. A sweet nose of black fruits, flowers, melted licorice, and espresso roast precedes a wine of amazing concentration, compelling intensity, and a tremendous finish of more than 60 seconds. Although expensive, readers must take into consideration the age of the vines as well as the limited production. This exquisite Shiraz is approachable, but promises to hit its peak in 3-5 years, and last for two decades. Kudos to proprietor Jonathan Malthus for his work in the Barossa.
I have seen many of you look longingly at the bottle on the shelf, and now is your opportunity to taste something truly unique and special. This is one of the reasons I love the Enomatics so much. We would not be able to offer this wine by the sample, half-pour or full-pour without this technology. It has taken a wine that previously only a few get to enjoy and offered it to everyone.