2013 Ode to Lorraine
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A Cabernet/Shiraz/Merlot blend was added to our portfolio from the 1992 vintage. It was a belief that through blending only the best parcels of fruit from the Elderton vineyard, a truly wondrous and complete wine could be made that showed the highlights of the three grape varieties. The decision was made from the 2002 vintage onwards for it to be renamed (from CSM) in honour of the co founder of Elderton, Lorraine Ashmead. The winemaking team at Elderton believe this is truly the hidden gem in the Elderton portfolio of premium reds.
|Variety||56% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Shiraz, 4% Merlot|
|Vine Age||Cabernet Sauvignon (several blocks planted between 1964 & 1994) Shiraz (several blocks planted between 1914 & 1998) Merlot (blocks planted 1982 & 1985)|
|Soil||Deep alluvial silt over red and brown earths and limestone|
|Spacing||Vine spacing 1.5m, row width 3m. East to West row direction|
|Yields||1-2 tonne per acre|
|Maturation||24 months in French and American oak|
92 points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate #219, June 2015
Medium garnet-purple in color, the 2012 CSM Ode To Lorraine is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Shiraz and 11%Merlot. The nose presents slowly evolving cassis and plum preserves notes, mulberries and prunes with an incense and cedar undercurrent. The medium-bodied palate has nice freshness and a very soft and elegant texture through the long finish.
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