Elderton `Command` Shiraz 1998 (3 x 750mL), Barossa Valley.

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.

This wine is reserved for those who cherish the fine characters of a classic and renowned Shiraz from the Barossa. The twelfth very limited release Command made in the Elderton tradition of three years in American and French oak and more than a year bottle maturation, gives the wine complexity and immense depth of flavour, making it ready to drink now or 15 to 20 years from vintage.

Overview

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.

This wine is reserved for those who cherish the fine characters of a classic and renowned Shiraz from the Barossa. The twelfth very limited release Command made in the Elderton tradition of three years in American and French oak and more than a year bottle maturation, gives the wine complexity and immense depth of flavour, making it ready to drink now or 15 to 20 years from vintage.

Region:
SA - Barossa
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Medium to full red-purple; the deep and complex bouquet has an array of rich, dark berry, plum, chocolate and vanilla aromas, the rich palate with an unctuously sweet fruit, chocolate and vanilla mix; the overall extract is well handled, and this is a very good example of the full-on American oaked Shiraz style.

Rating: 94, Drink By: 2013, Date Tasted: 20 Feb 2002, James Halliday

Winery Tasting Notes

The Elderton Command Shiraz grapes are grown on a selected portion of the Elderton Estate vineyard, from vines planted in the early 1900’s. Grown on rich river silt soils and red brown earth over limestone, in a Mediterranean climate with cropping levels less than 4 tonnes per hectare. The grapes are picked at optimum maturity which in 1998 was about 14.5° baumé.

Use of open fermenters, with some juice drawn off early in the fermentation process, long term maturation

(almost 3 years, starting off in new American & new French oak puncheons and then transferred in

to older oak after about one year.) and 12 months bottle age prior to release, make this quality wine complex and balanced with a long term cellaring potential.

100% Old Vine Barossa Valley Shiraz

Colour: Almost Black, Inky

Nose: Chocolate, rose petals, violets and a hint of cedar

Palate: It shows spicy lifted oak, which is well knit with loads of fruit and dark chocolate characters. The wine is

rich and powerful, yet balanced throughout.

Ageing: Cellar up to 15 years.

Medals & Trophies

97/100 Vintage Direct

**** The Big One, Winestate Magazine

94/100 Wine Spectator Magazine

3 Silver Medals

8 Bronze Medals