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Museum wine tasting notes from Retrospective Tasting on 25 May

by Allister Ashmead

On 25 May we held another tasting in our Retrospective Series featuring selected wines from our museum. How interesting it is to open wines from the cellar, to see how they are or have evolved over time. Today we are sharing our tasting notes about the wines we opened!

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Museum wine tasting notes 

2014 Eden Valley Riesling

Showing bright hay colouring, obviously developed after 10 years in bottle. Toasty, but also holding bright acidity. Lemon lime notes moving towards lemon curd richness. Seriously delicious.

Our recommendation – drink now


1988 Hermitage

One of not many bottles left in the cellar, this wine was a complete surprise.

Definitely showing its 36 years of age, with brick red hues and brambly notes. Still holding a nice acid line, the wine has very light and pretty tannins. Some cola notes showing through. Would love to sit down and drink lots of this wine.

Our recommendation – drink now


2014 Ode to Lorraine

Wow! Bright as a button, the richness and deep earthy power of the Cabernet hits the palate first, and then in comes Shiraz with brightness and punch. Still so graceful and generous 10 years down the line.

Our recommendation – drink now or equally it has loads of time left in the cellar


2004 Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon

Such style in this wine. Bright fruited (even after 20 years) the wine shows dark fruits in abundance with awesome powdery tannin. The wine has unbelievable length and should look remarkable in another 10+ years. Was wine of the day for many of the attendees.

Our recommendation – hold or drink for 10+ years


2015 Command Shiraz

Dark inky purply colour in the glass. Jumping out of the glass with bright blood plum characters, moving into dark chocolate notes. Beautiful round tannins holding the whole package together. So good, a seamless revelation from 2015.

Our recommendation – should drink or hold well for a long time yet.


2016 Fifteen Shiraz

Big, brooding and dark fruited like nothing else in the Elderton stable. Showcasing hallmark coffee / mocha aromas and flavours, the wine remains bright with velvety tannins. Holding beautifully for such a giant of a wine. Not for the faint of heart though!

Our recommendation – keep cellaring!


If you enjoy older wines, may we suggest having a look at our museum wines available for purchase. This includes the 2015 Command Shiraz, tasted at the recent Retrospective Tasting.

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