Elderton Command Shiraz 2012
Elderton Wines is a small, family-owned winery, situated in the heart of Australia’s Barossa Valley. Elderton shot to world acclaim after producing some of Australia’s most highly regarded Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The second generation of the Ashmead family, brothers Cameron and Allister now run the winery day-to-day and are passionate about producing wines that are balanced, varietally correct and classic in nature.
From a vineyard planted in 1894, picked in five small parcels over 4 weeks; part fermented in open fermenters, part concluding its fermentation in new American and French puncheons. Command indeed; elegant, but brooking no argument, the X-factor of the fruit at once obvious, yet undefinable; certain it is that its balance and depth are beyond approach, the oak and tannins seamlessly stitched through the fruit and length of the palate. Drink By: 2050; Price: $110.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; Australian Wine Companion
Sourced from 120-year-old vines, the medium garnet-colored 2012 Command Shiraz sports a very expressive nose replete with dried mulberries, potpourri, dusty earth, Chinese five spice and Szechuan pepper. Big and bold but not at all heavy, this soon-to-be-bottled Shiraz is drinking beautifully, offering tons of fruit with a very spicy and earthy character and firm, velvety tannins. It finishes long. Rating: 95-97+ Points; Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW; Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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