Redolent of ripe black fruits, mulberries and blackberries highlighted by licorice and chocolate notes and some Chinese Five Spice. Medium-bodied and crisp, it is structured by a mid-level of velvety tannins through the medium to long finish.
Elderton is an Australian family-owned producer based in the Barossa Valley. It is perhaps best known for its old-vine Shirazred wines, led by the Command cuvée. However, it first came to prominence after winning a major Australian wine award in 1993 for its Cabernet Sauvignon.
The core family estate is located in Nuriootpa, and has 29 hectares (72 acres) under vine. It was purchased in 1979 in a run-down condition by the Ashmead family, who were offered the surrounding vineyards for free if they bought the homestead. The vineyards included some old plots dating back to original planting of 1894, and the Ashmeads embarked on a period of restoration. The first wines under the Elderton label were produced in 1982.
The Nuriootpa vineyard is planted on alluvial silt soils over water-retaining clay, which allows irrigation to be kept to a minimum. These vineyards are very low-yielding, due in part to age, but some of the Cabernet Sauvignon vines have been affected by the dead arm disease, which leads to intensely concentrated grapes. Over the years, a couple of other vineyards have been added to the Elderton portfolio – specifically the Craneford vineyard in Eden Valley and the Greenock vineyard in western Barossa.
Most of the top reds are aged in French puncheons, with the Command Shiraz aged in a mix of French and American oak.
2014 Vintage Gold · Mundus Vini