(2003 Vintage) "Exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with a big, rich bouquet of melted licorice, blackberry liqueur, pepper and a hint of road tar. Ripe, full-bodied, supple-textured, and long, it should drink well for 5-10 years."-Wine Advocate Classic ripe Shiraz that is handpicked from old Shiraz Vines based in the north of the Barossa Valley. The grapes are double-sorted – by bunch and then by grape - on arrival at the winery and, after fermentation, aged in French and American oak for a year. Purple ...
Wine Advocate(2005 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 167 on Oct-06
Wine & Spirits(2006 Vintage) There are 9,000 cases of the 2005 Explorateur Old Vines Shiraz (with 12% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend). It was aged for 12 months in French oak and bottled unfiltered. Purple-colored, it displays reticent aromas of toast, scorched earth, tar, blueberry, and blackberry. Ripe and sweet, with some elegance, it has good depth, moderate tannin, and a medium-long finish. Give it 3-4 years in the cellar and drink it through 2020.