2010 Command Shiraz Museum Release
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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||30 months in American and French oak|
97 points - Ray Jordan, The West Weekend 5&6 April 2014
"Blackberry and licorice, spices and dark chocolate are all in this wonderful statement of the best in the Barossa, delivered with a degree of finesse and style. “
95 points - Halliday's Wine Companion 2014
"...a very elegant and refined shiraz that fully lives up to its reputation; fragrant red and black fruits have a garland of spicy oak on the bouquet, a message that is faithfully reproduced on the long, medium-bodied palate.”
95 points - Parker's Wine Advocate Issue#211, February 2014
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Command Shiraz shows off pronounced blueberries and dark chocolate aromas laced with Szechuan pepper and Chinese Five Spice plus a touch of menthol. Full-bodied, very structured and still showing the oak, the palate is fresh, very clean and pure with plenty of spice lingering in the long finish. Drink it now to 2025+.
Top 100 Australian Wines - Matthew Jukes 2014
2010 Command Shiraz does just that – it commands you to sit up and pay attention to its magnificence... This wine eats brinkmanship for breakfast, it’s the apex predator in its peer group and it has only one speed – rampant. I love Elderton Command Shiraz, not because it commended me to, but because it is one of the most honest and un-tinkered wit wines in the whole Valley. It is yesterday, today and tomorrow in a glass – and that’s really something
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