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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Barossa Valley Estate E&E Black Pepper Shiraz 2002

Barossa Valley Estate is a cooperative company based in the Barossa Valley that is wholly owned by growers.  It was a joint venture for some years with BRL Hardy (and then Constellation Wines), but that arrangement came to an end with Constellation Wines' sale of its interest to Barossa Growers Holdings on 31 March 2011 (its joint shareholder in the business).

BVE's E&E Black Pepper shiraz is their most well known offering.  The 2002 is a bright ruby colour with quite some intensity in its shade.  It has a developing aroma of baked plums, wood, varnish, spice and a sprinkling of pepper.  The palate is dry, with soft tannins, a full body, medium-high acidity (I'll return to this in a moment), medium to long length, and pronounced intensity flavours of dark plums, baked blackcurrants, pepper, and a touch of a bouquet garnis and thyme.  This is a very good wine due to its length and fruit quality, though I felt its acidity a little out of balance, sitting somewhat separately from the remainder of the wine.  A mere quibble in view of the bigger picture.  92 points (extremely good)

Abv: 15%
Price: $70s
Vendors: Not found.  You may find it at auction.
Website: http://www.bve.com.au
Tasted: February 2012

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