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Jun 06 2012

BVE E & E Black Pepper Shiraz: A Great Name for an Outstanding Shiraz

Posted on June 06, 2012 | By merrill@cellarit.com

I have always liked the name of the Barossa Valley Estate E & E Black Pepper Shiraz. As you are no doubt aware, most wines are usually named after the region or vineyard from which they originate or perhaps an illustrious individual or a dear relative. The BVE E & E Black Pepper Shiraz is one of the few wines I can think of with a name that actually evokes its aroma/flavour. Although I should note that E & E stands for Elmore and Elaine, the original old-vine shiraz blocks that were the core of the early vintages and are still part of the blend.

Black pepper, of course, is a very attractive aromatic or flavour characteristic of shiraz. It is usually associated with cool-climate shiraz, but many distinguished shiraz wines from the warmer regions of Barossa and McLaren Vale also have a peppery note.

Fruit for the E & E Black Pepper Shiraz is a blend from vineyards in northeast Barossa where the vines are at least 60 years old. The vineyards are owned by Barossa Valley Estate – originally a grower’s cooperative set up in 1984 by 80 third and fourth generation Barossa growers. In the face of declining demand for their shiraz grapes at the time, the growers decided to join forces to produce their own wines. Last year, the growers repurchased Constelllation Wines 50% equity state in the business and once again the Estate is 100% grower-owned.

Harvey Steiman of the Wine Spectator has long been an admirer of BVE’s flagship wine.

...E&E has a distinctive personality. The flavors run toward dark fruits, often cherry and plum, with noticeable floral and spice notes, including licorice and, yes, black pepper. The texture in the best vintages is plush, but it seldom gets overwhelmingly alcoholic or veers off into the dry-fruit range. A classic E&E is seamless.  (Care for Some Pepper on That? by Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator 29 May 2007)

The wine has earned a coveted spot on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list twice;.. [Read More]

Dec 12 2011

Wine Advocate announces the top twenty good value producers in Australia for 2011

Posted on December 12, 2011 | By merrill@cellarit.com

The Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown has just released a list of the top 20 good value producers in Australia for 2011. As the Wine Advocate’s main subscription base is the US, the list includes only wineries, both large and small, that export to major markets around the world. (No point, I guess, in choosing wineries that a US or European consumer would have no chance of finding on a bottle shelf in their home country).

According to Perrotti-Brown, “Producing singular wines of great character and expression for under US$25 / AU$25 is no easy task,.. [Read More]