Elderton Neil Ashmead Grand Tourer Shiraz 2014
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.
First released from the 2008 vintage, the Grand Tourer Shiraz – a wine named after and produced in honour of Elderton co-founder, Neil Ashmead. Neil, who along with wife Lorraine, established Elderton and was a vital link in creating the Barossa’s currently enjoyed status as one of Australia’s most important viticultural areas. Infectious enthusiasm was one of Neil’s drivers in helping to pioneer the revitalisation of the region from the doom and gloom era of the late 70s and early 1980s.
Grown from a single block on the Elderton Estate with the use of sustainable methods, we believe this wine is something completely different and unexpected from Elderton, but sits perfectly within our premise to gain recognition for premier single vineyard wines. Fermented in our waxed open fermenters with heading boards and pressed early straight to new French oak hogsheads, for 15 months on gross lees. Blackberry & bramble fruit with bready, meaty and savoury yeast characters, full rich palate and great length. This wine will constantly evolve in the glass from savoury meaty characters to red and black fruits.
A soaring star. Take this one straight to the pool room. It combines meatiness and savouriness with flair. It's an exquisite example of the beauty of a perfectly ripened medium-weight wine; it makes excess density look crass and unnecessary. Plums, cured meats, peppers and cloves. If you were listing it at a restaurant it would be as at home under the food heading as it is under wine. One out of the box. Drink by: 2030; Price: $75.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2016; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 98 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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