The Barossa Valley is home to Australia's most iconic wine brands, but what are the qualities that make these wines so special (and expensive)? The age and rarity of the vines is one factor. Many of the world's oldest Cabernet and Shiraz vines are still growing there, some planted in the early 19th century. Miniscule yields inherent to their age are compensated by a purity & concentration of flavour, a remarkable persistence on the aftertaste and silk-like tannins, making for extraordinary sensory experiences.
One of the best E&E’s produced in recent memory and one that re-establishes the wine as a Barossa benchmark.
Some historical perspective helps one appreciate these wines all the more. When you next pour a glass, consider that around the same time that many of Barossa's viticultural pioneers were producing their first vintage, Giuseppe Verdi had completed the opera Aida, the Suez Canal was opened and a record was set by the sailing ship Thermopylae - reaching Port Melbourne from England in a record 61 days 11 hours. A little later the four cylinder internal combustion engine was to be
invented and Pasteur had discovered 'germs'. It's little wonder these wines continue to be collected and celebrated as treasures of world viticultural history.
Barossa Valley Estate (BVE) was formed in 1984 by 80 grape growers who formed a co-operative to produce their own wine. Each year, the group carefully hand picks the finest Shiraz grapes for their renowned E & E Black Pepper Shiraz.
This wine is a super saturate of colour with paint like cling to the sides of the glass. Opaque black purple colour with black purple hue. The nose displays lifted notes of dark plum, mocha, vanilla and confectionary followed by some liquorice allsorts displaying excellent varietal character and intensity. The palate is a flavour concentrate with mouthfilling voluptuous flavours of dark chocolate, ripe plum, blackberry, liquorice and confectionary, with some spice and black pepper making an appearance on the back palate. Outstanding depth of flavour. Very fine grained velvet like tannin structure. Long aftertaste of blackpepper, ripe plum, liquorice and confectionary. One of the best E&E’s produced in recent memory and one that re-establishes the wine as a Barossa benchmark. A magnificent example of Barossa Shiraz.
Cellar 5-8 years (2014-2017)