2013 Ode to Lorraine

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Ode to Lorraine NV

$40.91 Per Bottle

RRP $55
750ml

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.

Winemakers Comments

The Ode to Lorraine is a blend of the finest barrels of each of the Elderton Estate varietals. Each year, through meticulous work on the tasting bench, we select a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot which best reflects the nuances of each variety. The 2012 vintage is a blend of parcels from our Estate, fermented in concrete open fermenters, selected barrel ferments and press cuts, giving warm and generous fruit characters, spiciness and generous length, whilst still being a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend.
- Richard Langford

StyleRich and sophisticated
ColourDark ruby
Aromaplum, dark fruits of the forest and chocolate
Palatewarm and generous fruit characters, spiciness and generous length
Drinknow til 15 years from vintage
Variety56% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Shiraz, 4% Merlot
Vine AgeCabernet Sauvignon (several blocks planted between 1964 & 1994) Shiraz (several blocks planted between 1914 & 1998) Merlot (blocks planted 1982 & 1985)
SoilDeep alluvial silt over red and brown earths and limestone
SpacingVine spacing 1.5m, row width 3m. East to West row direction
Yields1-2 tonne per acre
Vintage2013
RegionBarossa Valley
Maturation24 months in French and American oak
Alc/Vol14.5%
TH6.4 g/L
pH3.5

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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