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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
Elderton’s flagship is the single vineyard Command Shiraz, a wine with serious aging potential, and one with which all other South Australia Shiraz must be compared. The opaque purple/black 2005 Command Shiraz was aged in French and American oak puncheons (500-liter barrels). It offers up a sexy/kinky bouquet of wood smoke, lavender, leather, game, mineral, black raspberry, and blueberry pie. Voluptuous on the palate, complex, and dense, it demands a decade of cellaring after which it should offer hedonists much pleasure through 2035.
Rating 97 - Drink by 2035, Jay S Miller - Wine Avocate (FEB/2009)
Lavish 34 months in American (dominant) and French oak has resulted in an army greatcoat of oak wrapped around the undeniably good fruit, the latter giving the palate length. Rating 90 - Drink by 2020, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (DEC/2008)
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.
The Elderton Command Shiraz has established an enviable reputation since the first vintage in 1984. It is truly one of Australia’s best and most highly regarded Icon 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 of 2000 and the 1996 Command won the trophy for the best Shiraz in the world at the London International Wine and Spirit Competition, which Elderton’s principal – Lorraine Ashmead believes ratifies her plans, aspirations and expectations to produce a great wine of the world.