Shiraz Barossa Valley SouthAustralia
Each year a small parcel of E&E Black Pepper Shiraz is set aside for secondary fermentation and maturation on yeast lees. E&E have won much adulation for their Shiraz, claiming conspicuous trophies at the prestigious London International.
E&E is fashioned from vines over sixty years of age, grown to superior vineyards tended by some of Australia's most distinguished growers. After a traditional six day ferment on skins, parcels are barrel aged for eighteen months in a mix of new and seasoned French and American oak, exactly the same treatment as the flagship E&E Black Pepper Shiraz. Following the assemblage, base wines are matured for a further year in old French oak barrels, to add complexity and soften the tannins. Upon completion, E&E is treated to a traditional bottle fermentation, before lees ageing in bottle, riddling and disgorgement. Topped at disgorgement with a touch of liqueur to give a touch of sweetness to the finish. Alcohol 14.0%
Vibrant deep red with purple hue. A bouquet as bold as it is beautiful, showing lifted ripe red and black fruits, aromas of lifted cherry, chocolates and spice are balanced by gentle oak. Very ripe and mouthfilling with a fine mousse and long fruit finish. Very layered and complex, a touch of sweetness is balanced by fresh acidity. A resilient, fine, firm structure, exceptional length, superbly grained tannins and an essential, rich mouth feel. The palate expresses strong fruit, finishing long and dry.