An Englishman Producing a 100 Point St Emilion
& standout wines in Australia
Jonathan Maltus is the first Englishman in Bordeaux to win a perfect score from Robert Parker for his 2010 Château Le Dôme (we sold out at £2,200 per case). The hallmark of his work is producing wines of great complexity and longevity - a point proved by the recent hike in scores for his older 2005 vintage of the same, recently re-tasted and awarded 98 points. Jonathan is also known for Château Teyssier, Les Astéries and Vieux Château Mazerat in Bordeaux alone – efforts for which he was awarded an OBE in 2016.
“Jonathan Maltus I have known since he arrived at Château Teyssier 20 years ago, epitomises creation and determination – characteristics well-recognised by his OBE. His wines speak for themselves and should also be awarded an OBE – Ordre de Bordeaux Excellence.” says Steven Spurrier.
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...
'Exile' – one of two flagship wines - is sourced from the 'Lange' Vineyard which used to supply grapes for the production of the mighty 'Grange'. This single-vineyard wine is made up of old vine Shiraz with the addition of Mataro and Muscadelle. Astonishingly, the age of some of these vines date back to the late 1800's.
The 2005 Exile was sourced from a single dry-farmed vineyard owned by the winery and located in the center of Nuriootpa. Deep cherry-colored, it exhibits an alluring perfume of toasty oak, wood smoke, Asian spices, tar, blueberry, and black cherry. This leads to a full-bodied wine with chewy fruit, ripe flavors, great depth and concentration, and a pure, lengthy finish. Drink it through 2030.
Offered @ £152.95 per case of 6 In Bond
Another flagship with a difference in the style. Whilst Exile is a pure expression of the Single Vineyard, Émigré is sourced from an array of vineyards across the Barossa highlighting its hallmark and excellence. Émigré is blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro.
There are 2000 cases of 2005 Emigre, a blend of six grape varieties sourced from a range of Barossa sites designed to reflect a “palate” of the Valley. It offers a complex aromatic array of smoky oak, damp earth, pencil lead, clove, pepper, cassis, and blueberry. Supple-textured and very intense, the wine exhibits spicy red and black fruits, with hints of mint and chocolate in the background. It is layered, opulent, and long while maintaining its elegant personality. Give it 5-7 years in the cellar and drink it through 2025.
The Colonial Estate’s two flagship wines come from their own property. The 2006 Emigre is a blend of four vineyards and six grape varieties (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, and Muscadelle) with yields less than one ton per acre. The complex aromas include smoke, underbrush, mineral, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a full-bodied, layered, concentrated wine with spicy, savory flavors, good depth, and several years of aging potential. Drink it from 2012 to 2025.
Single Vineyard Series
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. Most of the craggy, old vines which give fruit and make each individual wine in this series range from 60 – 110 years old. Some vineyards, are found in one of the coolest climate sections of the Northern Barossa Valley – the Moppa, just down the road from the Kalimna Vineyard, which is the mother vineyard to 'Penfolds Grange'.
The 2005 Alexander Laing Old Vines Grenache was sourced from 100-year-old vines in the Greenock sub region of Barossa. Dark ruby-coloured, 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.
The 2006 Alexander Laing Old Vine Grenache is medium ruby-coloured, the nose gives up spice aromas including cinnamon, white pepper, clove, and sage as well as black cherry and black raspberry. Silky-textured, elegant, and already showing some complexity, this tasty Grenache will reach its apogee in 2018.
£14.95 per bottle
(SAVE £5.00 was £19.95)
The 2005 John Speke GSM is composed of 50% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, and 20% Mourvedre. Grapes were sourced from vines ranging in age from 60 to 100 years located near Nuriootpa. The nose features notes of spice box, damp earth, truffle, kirsch, black raspberry, and blueberry muffin. Velvety-textured and elegant on the palate, the wine offers serious depth and concentration, gobs of red and black fruits, and a long, pure finish. Drink this hedonistic effort over the next 12-15 years.
The 2006 John Speke GSM is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, and 20% Mourvedre sourced from vines over 60 years of age. Dark ruby-coloured, it has an enticing nose of spice box, scorched earth, forest floor, cherry, and blueberry. Velvety-textured and elegantly-styled, this savoury blend conceals enough silky tannin to evolve for 2-3 years and will be at its best from right up to 2020.
£17.45 per bottle
(SAVE £12.50 was £29.95)
The 2005 Mungo Park Shiraz was sourced from a vineyard with low yields of 1.5 tons per acre. The wine was aged in 100% new French oak and bottled unfiltered. It reveals fragrant aromas of toasty oak, smoke, tar, black olives, and blueberry compote. Ripe and intensely flavoured upon entry, it exhibits an elegant personality with outstanding depth, concentration, and a long, pure finish.
The purple-coloured 2006 Mungo Park Shiraz was sourced from 120-year-old vines. The nose reveals wood smoke, game, lavender, and intense blueberries that jump from the glass. Made in an elegant style, this tasty Shiraz is smooth-textured, concentrated, and impeccably balanced. It will offer a drinking window from 2012 to 2025.
£19.75 per bottle
(SAVE £5.20 was £24.95)
Old Vine Shiraz 2006
The 2006 Richard Lander Shiraz contains 5% Mourvedre. Purple-coloured, it has a bouquet of balsam wood, black pepper, scorched earth, game, and blueberry compote. Intense on the palate with savoury, meaty flavours, it has enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years and should drink well from to 2021.
£19.95 per bottle
(SAVE £5.00 was £24.95)
These wines are handpicked based on both red and white varieties that are specific to the northern part of the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley.
L'Etranger Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
The 2005 Etranger Cabernet Sauvignon contains 12% Shiraz. Opaque purple-colored, it emits aromas of cedar, spice box, tobacco, tar, espresso, black currant, and blackberry. Supple-textured, with excellent depth and breadth, a light tannin blanket, and a long finish, this flavorful Cabernet merits 5-7 years (tasted Oct 2007)of further bottle age and should provide pleasure through 2020.
£17.50 per bottle
Not offered by the bottle in the world.
L'Explorateur Old Vine Shiraz 2005
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.
The 2005 Envoy GSM is composed of 60% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, and 10% Mourvedre. It presents an enticing perfume of damp earth, forest floor, spice box, kirsch, and blueberry. This leads to a velvety-textured, intensely flavored wine with outstanding depth and length. It can be enjoyed over the next 8-10 years.
£14.95 per bottle
Not offered by the bottle in the world.
1 x Colonial Estate Alexander Laing 2005
1 x Colonial Estate Émigré 2005
1 x Colonial Estate L'Explorateur Shiraz 2005
1 x Colonial Estate John Speke 2005
1 x Colonial Estate Mungo Park 2005
1 x Colonial Estate Richard Lander 2006