Elderton Wines Single Vineyard Shiraz Command
About the Wine: It is rich, powerful, and elegant with notes of re fruit such as plums, with hits of spices from oak. It’s wrapped together by silky tannins and can be enjoyed now or held in cellar up to 20 years! This is their flagship wine and is single vineyard sourced. It is often regarded as one of Australia’s best and most highly acclaimed wines. Accolades have come from the world over for vintages such as the 1992, which was chosen by the influential wine critic Robert Parker in his U.S. magazine the Wine Advocate as one of the world’s Top 80 wines. The 1995 Command was awarded 95 points by Wine Spectator and placed in their Top 100 wines; the 2000 was awarded 97 points by the same magazine and placed 27 in their Top 100. The 1996 Command won the trophy for the Best Shiraz in the World at the London International Wine and Spirit Competition. About the Producer: Neil and Lorraine Ashmead purchased a home in 1979 that was on the market for so long that the realtor offered the 72-acre vineyard as a bonus. Over the course of three years, the couple worked to restore the vines. The family prioritizes sustainability and therefore, the estate is a certified member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia. They work with Carbon Neutral to purchase carbon offsets; aka they support the Australian Biodiverse Reforestation Carbon Offsets which has planted over 30 million native species of trees and shrubs in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor. Technical Info: Estate grown on the Nuriootpa vineyard, the fruit is sourced from a single block planted in 1894, classed as an Ancestor vineyard by the Barossa Old Vine Charter. They used a combination of heading boards and standard open fermentation combined with a small amount of barrel fermentation to create the blend. After pressing, the batches were transferred to a combination of new French and American oak. The wine went through malolactic fermentation and further ageing to allow the powerful fruit to come together with the tannins.