Elderton Command Shi 00 2000
The fruit for Elderton Shiraz is grown exclusively on the lderton Vineyard situated on the banks of the North Para River, Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, South Australia. Elderton was transformed from a vineyard supplying quality fruit to other wineries to a winery in its own right in 1982, and have since won much recognition for all of the wines, especially the Shiraz. Barossa Shiraz is now highly collectable worldwide, and the Elderton is always a benchmark for the region. There are 12 blocks of shiraz on the Elderton Estate, some as old as 100 years, which grow in deep alluvial soils over limestone. Combined with a Mediterranean climate and minimal supplemented irrigation, this creates what one can only describe as 'the perfect Shiraz vineyard'. Mainly the grapes are machine harvested in the cool of the night, at an optimum maturity of about 14-14.5°Baume. This allows a quick delivery to winery for crushing, before any spoilage can occur. Fantastic winter rains in 2000 combined with a hot and dry summer produced reds in the Barossa of outstanding character. Destemming and inoculation with a selected yeast strain and fermentation in stainless steel potter fermenters at 30°C for approximately seven days before maturation in French and American oak puncheons for 16 months. 100% Barossa Valley Shiraz Colour: Amazingly intense dark magenta. Nose: A lifted bouquet of violets, vanilla and white pepper, with spicy overtones. Palate: A complex, classic, concentrated Shiraz. Intense with rich sweet fruit, yet still very soft. Plum, chocolate and spice integrate well on the palate with a soft vanilla finish. Nice oak showing in this well balanced wine. Alcohol: 14.0% Alc Vol A Perfect Match - Richly flavoured meats, game or mature cheddars
Elderton Wines is a small, family-owned winery, situated in the heart of Australia’s Barossa Valley that has shot to world acclaim producing some of Australia’s most highly regarded shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. 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.
The second wine for the mini vertical tasting night. Similar liquorice note as the 1999 but carried a sense of earthiness with it. Soft acid with velvety soft tannins makes it a lot more structured and balance than the previous vintage. Short finish, but definitely more enjoyable.
This is totally voluptuous - dense fruit - almost brooding and a palate that goes on forever. What power, complexity underpinned with enveloping but not too pronounced tannins. An absolute classic.
This wine is seemless! The nose was a little restrained and understated It needed some time to fully open up. Gorgeous dark fruits washed effortlessly over the pallet. Velvety tannins that completed the etherial experience. Paired with a medium rare flatiron steak marinated in a red wine mushroom sauce. Outstanding! Can't wait to try the other bottles from the cellar.
External Reviews for Elderton Command Shi 00
...Superripe aromas of mocha, game, mulch and eucalyptus; here, too, the oak is less dominant than in past vintages. Huge, broad and mouthfilling, with very ripe, fat flavors of sweet red berries and woodsmoke. Offers impressive thickness and density... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2000 Elderton Command Shiraz 750ml