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.
A wine that has done much to contribute to the Elderton reputation as a significant Barossa producer. The fruit comes from a single block planted in 1894. It is made in a traditional way with 30 months in a mix of French and American oak a major part of the style. This has to be one of the best yet and there have been some good’uns. It’s silky smooth and effortlessly long and poised, yet within there is a mass of explosive Barossa fruit power. One of the silkiest and refined of any of these; cracking good wine. Best drinking Now to 2042. Rating: 98 Points; Ray Jordan; WinePilot
From 124yo estate vines in Nuriootpa. Matured 30 months in new American and French oak puncheons. Brooding Barossa shiraz of billowing character. Smoked mettwurst and pan juices. Spicy dark and red berries of all kinds. No small dollop of milk chocolate oak. Quintessential Barossa, replete with generous breadth and enduring length, sustained by fine-ground tannins of considerable endurance. Drink to: 2033; Price: $145.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2021; Alcohol: 14.6%; Rating: 95 Points; Tyson Stelzer; James Halliday Wine Companion
A great release of Command, this carries the bold and deeply flavorful style of the vintage effortlessly, a vintage that played into the natural style of this rich Barossa Valley shiraz. There’s so much to love about this wine, from the rich blackberry, red-plum and spice aromas and flavors to the silky, fine and long tannins. Rating: 96 Points; Nick Stock for James Suckling
Take Ancestor Vines (planted in 1894), a great vintage, experienced winemaking, add 30 months of aging in American and French oak, and the result is the stunning 2018 Command Single Vineyard Shiraz. Boasting fabulous density and concentration, this full-bodied effort is still almost embryonic in its development, with tarry, mocha, yet lifted notes accenting intense blackberry fruit; a rich, supple yet structured mouthfeel, and a long, mouthwatering finish. Once it hits its stride in a few years, it should drink well for 20 years or more. Date: Aug 2021; Drink: 2023-2045; Rating: 96 Points; Joe Czerwinski; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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