Alexander Gordon Laing was yet another explorer from Scotland who trekked around West Africa in the 18th century. Alexander Laing, like the rest of our Single Vineyard Series, owes its existence to the blocks of weather-beaten bush vines that survived the vine-pull of the end of the last century.
The 2005 Alexander Laing Old Vines Grenache was sourced from 100-year-old vines in the Greenock subregion of Barossa. Dark ruby-colored, it has a complex bouquet of damp earth, sage, smoked herbs, espresso, cassis, and kirsch. Velvety-textured with superb depth, it also has well-concealed tannins which will allow the wine to evolve for another 4-6 years. It has a pure, 45-second finish. This outstanding Grenache will drink well through 2020.
Jay Miller on Oct 1st, 2007
Jonathan Maltus (the founder of Colonial Estate) is probably the closest you will ever get to a real rockstar winemaker. Iconic, ridiculously talented and the first Englishman in Bordeaux to win a perfect score from Robert Parker for his 2010 Château Dome Le Dôme (we sold out at £2,200 per case). His ’09 received 99 points!
Not content with bringing Château Le Dome, Château Teyssier and its satellites to the forefront of modern winemaking in Bordeaux, Jonathan decided to try his hand in Australia by purchasing small blocks of old vines in the Barossa Valley in 2001. These small blocks were in the northern ‘arc’ of the Barossa, focusing on 120 year-old dry-grown vines that have never suffered from phylloxera.
Jonathan and his team's approach to making wines in Australia is old world influenced. This is what separates The Colonial Estate from other wineries around the world. No expense has been spared, with only the finest of winemaking practices and French oak barrels being utilised. In fact, Jonathan has gone to the extreme by importing all his winemaking equipment from St-Emilion: wooden vats, barrels, triage tables etc. as their aim is to produce wines of outstanding stature to set them apart from all the rest...
Situated in South Australia, 60 kilometres northwest of Adelaide, lies the Barossa Valley which has been producing wine since 1842 and these days is recognised as Australia’s quintessential wine region. The hot climate mixed with the ironstone and sandstone soil in the valley, makes excellent growing conditions for grapes and in particular, Shiraz (or Syrah) which classically is full bodied with earthy and spicy notes. Over the last 15 years there has also been an increased interest in the other red Rhone varietals Grenache and Mourvedre. The non-irrigated old vineyards on the cooler west side of the valley are the most treasured and provide fruit for Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds Grange among many other top-quality bottlings.
Riedel Veritas Syrah / Shiraz (2 Glasses)
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Superb 100 y/o vine Barossa Grenache that bulges w. ripeness & shimmers w. a complex veneer of sweet spice & oxidative caramelisation. Med garnet. Pronounced aroma intensity w. smoky, caramelised, toasty oak, nutmeg, clove & liquorice spice. Prune, leather, eucalyptus, black cherry, plum & tobacco-laced raspberry. Fully developed. Dry. High alc, m. silky tannins, black cherry, crème de mure, black raspberry & cream. Med acid, m+ body & a m+ finish dripping w. black liquorice, caramel, toffee & loganberry.