New Release | 96 Points - Jane Faulkner
Elderton Command Shiraz has established a reputation as one of Australia's finest examples of Shiraz, and its legendary status is seemingly enhanced with each release. The second generation of Ashmead family are current custodians of a rare piece of Barossa Valley. Estate grown on their Nuriootpa vineyard, the grapes for Command are sourced from a single block planted circa 1894, classed as an Ancestor vineyard by the Barossa Old Vine Charter.
The newly released 2017 vintage of Elderton Command is another superb example of this iconic Barossa Shiraz. Blackberry fruit, aniseed and spices abound on the nose that carry through to a typically rich and generous palate that we've come to expect from Elderton's Command. There's always plenty of interest in this wine and fans of Command will find lots to love in this one.
"96 Points. This does command respect thanks to the fruit coming off 123yo vines and the care with it from that moment right through to the winemaking. It is powerful and divine. Lush with the dark fruit coated with chocolate, pepper and coffee. The palate feels all velvety with the tannins neatly placed, the oak integrated and with a glass in hand, a sense that all's well with the world." - Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion 2021.
"94 Points. Single vineyard. Vines planted, remarkably, in 1894. French and American oak. Released last week. This year’s release has a floral element. A leather element. And a refreshing element. It’s 14.9% alcohol and yet it has an elegance; it’s its usual plush self but it has vigour. There’s a clear line of aniseed-like flavour, a rush of plum, smears of coffee and vanilla. It feels and tastes firm and solid and yet, as I say, there’s plenty of juice and bounce. It’s presents a deep-set, throaty version of grenache, though of course it’s shiraz. It’s drinking pretty well already but it should age a treat. Tasted: Mar21 14.9% alc. $145 Screwcap Drink: 2022 - 2030+"- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
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