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2019 Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon

Elite Single Vineyards

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$100 Per Bottle

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Like the Command block, which is an amazing resource to the Elderton Estate, the Ashmead block has consistently produced small parcels of excellent quality fruit. The vineyard was almost destroyed in 1997 to make way for higher yielding vines, however the family made the decision to promote the vineyard to a higher destiny – thus the Ashmead.

The 2019 is the nineteenth release of this unparalleled wine, and is a superior example of Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon. Elderton is not unfamiliar with premium Cabernet, having won more than 8 trophies for this varietal including the 1993 Jimmy Watson Trophy.

Winemakers Comments

Whilst Cabernet Sauvignon is characterised by its small berries and petit bunches, 2019 took this to a new level. We experienced a dry lead into the ripening season followed by relentless sunny days and no rain to relieve the vines during the ripening phase. Harvest decisions for 2019 were based around the flavours in the developing berries balanced with a close eye on vine health. Our Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon was hand harvested and fermented in open wax-lined concrete fermenters. We worked hard to balance the fruit in the tiny berries whilst not over-extracting the ever-present tannins so typical of Cabernet Sauvignon. The freshly pressed wine went straight to French oak for malolactic fermentation followed by a measured time for further maturation. - Jules and Brock

StyleSmooth and rich, yet fresh
ColourDeep crimson
AromaEnticing aromas of blackberry with hints of dark chocolate
PalateRich ripe berry fruit flavours on the palate, with nuances of floral dried herb. A firm yet balanced tannin structure envelopes the fruit and will soften over the coming years.
DrinkDrink now or cellar confidently for 8+ years
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
Vine Age75 years
RegionBarossa | 100% Estate Grown, Nuriootpa
Maturation18 months in new French oak hogsheads and puncheons

95 points, Halliday Wine Companion 2022

From 75yo estate vines in Nuriootpa. Matured 18 months in new French oak hogsheads and puncheons. Old vines have upheld integrity in crunchy redcurrant and pomegranate fruit, even rosehip lift and red capsicum varietal markers. It holds its ripeness with poise, thanks to a vibrant acid line, joining with confident, medium-grained tannins to sustain a very long aftertaste. Dark chocolate French oak has been well played to build endurance without stealing the limelight. A very strong result for Ashmead in this drought season. Bravo.

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