Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ Make a wish for a great Shiraz. This wine is reserved for those who cherish the fine characters of a classic and renowned Shiraz from the Barossa.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
The bouquet delivers a complex array of red and black fruit, with smoky tar and licorice on display; the palate is an experience in two parts; on entry vibrant perfume, and to conclude there is a lingering sense of black fruit, fresh leather and smoky tar all working seamlessly together. Rating 95 - Drink by 2025, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (JAN/2010)
2007 was a hot, dry, challenging year in the Barossa but the 1894 plantings that go into the Command Shiraz have seen a lot of innings. The roots of these vines go down an estimated 2+ meters, a factor that goes a long way towards stabilizing yields through thick and thin. Still, this was a relatively small vintage producing around 1000 cases. The 2007 Shiraz Command Elderton Estate gives a medium garnet color and very earthy, intense black cherry and blackberry aromas with some loam and iron ore over spice box and espresso, vanilla and licorice. The full-bodied palate is very concentrated juxtaposed by steady crispness and firm fine tannins. This wine is still very youthful with the oak still standing apart in the long layered finish, yet it’s a great example destined for the long haul. Consider drinking it now to 2024+. I was also shown 2 older vintages of the Command Shraz: 2004 and 1992.
Although the property was purchased by their grandfather, brothers Al and Cameron Ashmead are really the second generation of Ashmeads at the Elderton helm since it was their parents Neil and Lorraine that rose to the challenge of developing this into one of the Barossa’s top wineries. The first Ashmead vintage was in 1982. The jewel here is the 8 acre estate vineyard planted in 1894 by Samuel Elderton Tolley (one of the largest 100+ year old vineyards on the planet) that produces the Command Shiraz, with the 66 year old Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard also giving exceptional fruit. Since 2003 they’ve had their own winery and now produce around 40-50000 cases per year with winemaker Richard Langford adeptly forging a range of predominately red wines from the good value end right up to the sought-after collectibles. Rating 95 - Drink by 2010 - 2024, Lisa Perrotti- Brown, Wine Advocate #192 (DEC/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
Make a wish for a great Shiraz. This wine is reserved for those who cherish the fine characters of a classic and renowned Shiraz from the Barossa. The fourteenth very limited release Command made in the Elderton tradition of three years in American and French oak and more than 1 year bottle maturation, gives a wine complexity and immense depth of flavour, making it ready to drink now or fifteen to twenty years from vintage. – Your wish is our Command.