by Jess Ruciack
Barossa Shiraz. A wine category known world-wide. It’s what our region is most famous for. And the great thing is that Barossa Shiraz is not just one wine, or one style. It can be made in so many ways.
We love our Barossa Shiraz. And we’re excited to let you know that the 2017 vintage is now available for you to pop into your wine rack/cellar. Barossa Shiraz is now highly collectable worldwide, and the Elderton is always a benchmark for the region.
So head over and stock up on Barossa Shiraz today – SHOP NOW.
Some history on our Barossa Shiraz
The fruit for Elderton Shiraz was traditionally sourced from the Elderton vineyard situated on the banks of the North Para River, Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, South Australia. Today, this wine includes fruit from the three exceptional estate vineyards that the Ashmead family own.
Elderton was transformed from a vineyard supplying quality fruit to other wineries to a winery in its own right in 1982, and have since won much recognition for all of the wines, especially the Shiraz.
The vineyard – where the wine begins
There are many blocks of Shiraz on the three Elderton estate vineyards, some older than 100 years. Some of the best parcels from each of these single sites (Nuriootpa, Greenock and Craneford) are blended to create what one can only describe as ‘the perfect Barossa Shiraz’. The grapes, which are lovingly tended to by Peter Wild and his team, are mainly harvested at an optimum maturity of about 14 – 15 Baume. The 2017 vineyard sources are 40% Greenock, 30% Nuriootpa, 30% Craneford.
The 2017 vintage was characterised by steady ripening of fruit across the Barossa. From our vineyards we were able to get great fresh flavours particular to each site, with some tight just-ripe tannins behind to balance the fruit. We love the freshness that 2017 brings, and the elegance in the wines as a result.
– Julie Ashmead, Head of Production
The details – 2017 Barossa Shiraz
Style: Full bodied, rich, classic
Colour: A rich and vibrant dark purple
Aroma: Black forest fruits, dark chocolate and vanilla with hints of coconut
Palate: Plum and berries, chocolate and a spice finish
Vineyard Source: Estate grown – 40% Greenock, 30% Nuriootpa, 30% Craneford
Vine Age: 24 – 123 years
Picking Date: 17 March – 19 April 2017
Oak: Predominantly second and third fill American puncheons, 24 months
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar confidently for 10 – 15 years from vintage