2020 Command Shiraz
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The second generation of Ashmead family, and Elderton Co-Managing Directors, Allister and Cameron, as the current custodians of a rare piece of Barossa Valley viticultural heritage, continue their parents’ aspirations and expectations to produce a great wine of the world. The Command is truly an expression of place, and one of which the family intends to preserve for generations to come.
Our Command from 2020 is a wine to savour. Whilst we could say that about every Command, in 2020 we had a tiny harvest, on the back of a frost year in 2019. Fortunately, after tricky weather at flowering, we didn’t need to contend with frost also for 2020. With such small volumes, the 2020 Command is a story about intense concentration and depth of flavour. From the vineyard, we could see the intensity of fruit we had to work with for our release of Command. Spanning from the North Para River on the western side of our Command vineyard to Cellar Door at the eastern end, we see a gradual increase in clay content which corresponds with a decrease in vigour over the vineyard. For this reason we harvest the Command fruit in a couple of picks, aiming to achieve the perfect balance in each pick. Destemmed fruit was fermented in open cement vats for 7-14 days. Post-pressing, the new Command was transferred to a combination of new French and American oak from coopers we know and trust. The wine went through malolactic fermentation and further maturation, allowing the powerful fruit to come together with the long and savoury edged tannin profile. - Jules Ashmead & Brock Harrison
|Style||Bold, structured, rich, powerful and elegant|
|Aroma||Brooding fruit with hints of roasted coffee bean|
|Palate||Spiced plums with cloves and a lovely blackforest note. Bold yet restrained layers of tannin carry the fruit to a long and seamless finish laced with the power of fruit.|
|Maturation||30 months in new French and American puncheons|
|Drink||Drink now or cellar confidently for 15 - 20 years|
|Region||100% Estate Grown, Nuriootpa|
|Vine Age||126 years (planted in 1894)|
96 points - Dave Brookes, Halliday Wine Companion
Elderton’s iconic Command Shiraz is sourced from an 1894-planted block of ancestor vines on its Nuriootpa estate; matured for an extended period in new French and American oak puncheons. Full bodied, rich and commanding, as the name suggests, with thick-shouldered blackberry and plum fruits cut with baking spices, licorice, dark chocolate, earth and punchy cedar tones. Weighty and opulent with thick, gypsum-like tannin support, plenty of Barossa horsepower and a finish that trails off persistently with flavours of ripe berries, spice and cedar.
95 points - Angus Hughson, Vinous
From a vineyard planted in 1894, this beautifully composed Barossan 2020 Shiraz Command offers a tempting array of aromas, including roasted meats, soy sauce, fennel seed and a hearty core of new oak, all well-balanced. Dry and firm, it is shapely thanks to layers of fleshy sweet fruits, with a firm, tannic backbone accented by aged meat and wood smoke. This is a keeper and built for the cellar.
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