An Amazing Australian Bargain
Posted: August 14, 2009
I usually don't take the time to point out discounted wines these wines are usually available in limited quantities and sell themselves. But when I tasted the following wines, and then heard the price we'd be selling them, I couldn't resist at least bringing them to your attention. Last week, most Binny's stores received a shipment of two wines from Colonial Estate the 2005 Emigre and Exile. Unfortunately, the Maltus portfolio of wines (of which Colonial Estate is a major component) is no longer distributed in the state of Illinois. But fortunately for you, Binny's was able to buy up the remaining stock of two of the estate's flagship wines, and at a great discount. I don't expect they'll last long. The Colonial Estate Emigre usually retails around $80 you'll find the 2005 at Binny's for $39.99 (with your Binny's card). A great example of a huge and plush Australian red, it is composed of 30% Shiraz, 30% Grenache, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Mourvedre, and a little Carignan and Muscadelle. This monster is big and broad, showing huge layers of fruit, caramel and chocolate. It's almost syrupy in texture, influenced by a large amount of new French oak, and hints at a depth that is, for now, hidden under layers and layers of fruit, but without going out of focus. To me, it's liquid candy. For what it's worth, Jay Miller of The Wine Advocate gives the 2005 Emigre 94 points, saying it is layered, opulent, and long while maintaining its elegant personality. After tasting the Emigre, I was thinking that my day probably couldn't get any better, and that's when they pulled out the 2005 Colonial Estate Exile. It's like the Emigre, only bigger. It's 85% Shiraz, with 10% Mourvedre and 5% Grenache, and usually retails in the $150-$180 range. We'll have it, as long as it lasts, for $49.99 (also with your Binny's Card). That is unreal. Like the Emigre, the Exile shows massive layers of fruit, but is even more dense, with hints of pencil lead, dense black fruits, and the influence of lots of new French oak. It received 95 points from both The Wine Advocate and Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, who said this: For all its concentration, there's superb balance, even freshness to this behemoth. At the risk of overselling it, I'll stop there. For fifty bucks, this juice is a grand slam. This is a rare opportunity to grab a bottle or two of dynamite Australian red to try at a greatly reduced price, or to load up on an amazing value. When I tasted them, of course I was impressed. But it was when I found out what we'd charge for them that I started trembling, sweating, and trying to find ways to fit a few bottles of each into my budget. (Looks like I'm going without new shoes for a month or two. Also, I'll be my own barber.) Supply is limited! Be sure to call your favorite Binny's location to make sure they still have stock of the Colonial Estate wines, and please know that this bargain won't last long.