2008 Command Shiraz Museum Release
The Elderton Command Shiraz has established an enviable reputation since the first vintage in 1984. It is truly one of Australia’s best and most highly regarded Icon wines. Accolades have come from the world over for vintages such as the 1992, which was chosen by the influential wine critic Robert Parker in his U.S. magazine the Wine Advocate as one of the world’s Top 80 wines. The 1995 Command was awarded 95 points by Wine Spectator and placed in their Top 100 wines; the 2000 was awarded 97 points by the same magazine and placed 27 in their Top 100. The 1996 Command won the trophy for the best Shiraz in the world at the London International Wine and Spirit Competition.
The second generation of Ashmeads 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.
|Clone||Unknown, own roots|
|Vine Age||Planted circa 1894, classed as a centenarian block by the Barossa Old Vine Charter|
|Soil||Deep alluvial silt over red and brown earths and limestone|
|Rainfall||Long term average - 478.3 mm 2009/10 season - 515 mm|
|Spacing||Vine spacing 1.5m, row width 3m. East to West row direction|
|Yields||1-2 tonnes per hectare|
|Maturation||32 months in American and French oak|
94 points - Halliday's Wine Companion 2012
... the detail is evident with its light touch and the finish is very long ...
93+ points - Wine Advocate – Issue #199, February 2012
Full bodied, rich and opulent in the mouth, it has a medium level of velvety tannins, refreshing acid and a very long, very spicy finish.
Gold medal, 2013 London International Wine Competition
93+ points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, April 2012
Roast coconut, chocolate, licorice, mint, dark fruit, clove spice – oak and fruit complexity for sure… Length is excellent... a very good wine within its style.
92 points - Wine Spectator, 2012
Dark and expressive... brims with complex, savory-accented black cherry and blueberry flavors, lingering easily on the deftly balanced finish.
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