This week’s final wine – a 2006 Colonial Estate “Etranger” Cabernet Sauvignon – is the second wine of the week from South Australia’s Barossa Valley. The Colonial Estate winery, located near the town of Greenock on the Valley’s northwest edge, prides itself on its hand-picked grapes (an extremely labor intensive process, as you can imagine) and small lot wines.
The “Etranger” is a deep, inky ruby red. My bottle had a bit of sediment in it, so if that bothers you (or you’re serving it to guests), you should definitely decant, if possible. It has a spicy aroma with huge ripe dark berries, dark plum, and dried flowers. On the palate, the juicy black cherry notes are paired with a surprising acidity, which, along with the defined tannic structure, make it a bit tart, a feature that, when paired with the high alcohol content, is a bit overwhelming.
With some additional time to breathe (decant, decant, decant!), the tart acidity may mellow out a bit, but if you’re looking for a wine to open and drink right away, this may not be your best choice. That said, if you have an hour or so to allow this wine to breathe, it has some promising aspects that may very well reward your patience. You can find it at wine.com for $15.49/bottle.
3 corks popped!