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Elderton Shiraz 2005
Elderton Wines is a small, family owned and operated winery, situated in the heart of the Barossa Valley. The Elderton vineyard which was planted in 1904 by Samuel Elderton Tolley, was purchased by the Ashmead family in the late 1970's and started producing labelled bottled estate wine from the 1982 harvest. It was well after a decade of hard work and toil that the winery shot to prominence in the early 1990's, after winning the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy at the 1993 Melbourne Wine Show. There has been an amazing amount of further wine show success including the World’s Best Shiraz Trophy at the 2000 London International Wine & Spirits Competition. Elderton has also enjoyed being the darling of the worlds wine press, with great endorsements given by James Halliday, Robert Parker, The Wine Spectator Magazine as well as countless others. Furthermore, in 2005, Elderton was named in the Top 100 Wineries in the World by Wine & Spirit Magazine. 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 - 15 Baume. This allows a quick delivery to the winery for crushing, before any spoilage can occur. Vintage in 2005 occurred slightly later than usual, resulting in excellent quality fruit with higher Baume, good natural acid and superb flavour. The 2005 Estate wines, particularly the Shiraz, show great balance and potential for longevity.
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.
I have been a fan of Elderton wines for a while. Generally I find that they have a good balance of nose, fruit, weight, and tannin. This Shiraz in particular had a good balance of black fruit and spice. The nuances of clove and vanilla were fun, but an appropriately small part of the whole.
Another amazing Barossa.
Very well balanced mixture of intense darker flavours & fruits (berries?). Very rich, almost oily wine. Smooth, with no rough edges and not too acid. Should have made better notes, but that would have required -- a pen! This was the only one at the tasting I tried more than once, so I must have liked it.
OMG. What a wonderful wine. Nose opens with dark fruits and spice, then migrates to vanilla, raspberry and crème brûlée. The palate opens with a wide array of red, blue and black fruit flavors, ozzing from every direction, laced with mint, dark cocoa and spice against a background of vanilla, cloves and mild woodsiness. At 2 hours, crème brûlée appears on the palate, along with strawberry just before the finish. The luscious flavors of this elegant wine are held in balance and focus by smooth but firm tannins and succulent acidity. A gorgeous spicy finish lingers in tangy fruitiness with a hint of black pepper on the back.
it had a medium-to-deep purplish-ruby color that signaled the complexity of the wine. On the nose, I was excited by everything I found. The sweet black fruit aromas—black cherry, blackberry, blueberry—dominated, but didn’t overpower. Beyond the fruits, I smelled sweet spices—mostly licorice, cloves, and some powdered cocoa. Hiding behind all of those aromas, a light touch of vanilla and black pepper rounded out the wine. In the mouth, I was a bit taken aback by how “hot” the wine was, which I admit made me feel that the alcohol was slightly out of balance with the flavors, the acidity, and the tannins. The alcohol actually seemed to take away from the juiciness of the black fruits. Those flavors, though, matched what I found on the nose and were followed by licorice, cloves, powered cocoa, and nutmeg flavors, which added a spicy, sweetness. For my complete review, visit my blog at http://bit.ly/XDbO1
Love this wine!
External Reviews for Elderton Shiraz
A fashionable Shiraz, its flashy scents of new oak glint over succulent black plum fruit. The tannins are firm and finely integrated, the acidity tightens and lifts the wine effortlessly across the palate. It tastes expensive, and quite good.
Funky and austere up front, this shifts in the end as red berry flavors fill it with juiciness. What at first seems dry turns out to be simply closed, beeswax enclosing the honey within. Several years of bottle age should release more of the flavor.
Ripe and distinctly cedary, with a minty edge to the dark, dense, chewy cherry and spice flavors, persisting on the firm finish. Best after 2006. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
A fairly priced, top flight example of a Barossa Valley Shiraz, Elderton's 2002 boasts a huge bouquet of creme de cassis, blackberries, asphalt, smoke, and earth. Muscular and full-bodied, with supple tannin, a silky texture, and a voluptuous finish, this gorgeous effort can be drunk now and over the next decade.
An earthy, short-ribs wine when first poured, this emphasizes broad, supple tannins and the warmth of alcohol. Then the tannins gain a little more grip with air, snug as a leather glove around the spicy black fruit. And it still would be good with beef short-ribs.
Farbe: fast schwarzes Purpur; Bouquet: Vanille, Pflaumen, Schokolade, Röstaromen; Körper: vollmundig, Aromen von Pflaumen, Brombeeren und Schokolade
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