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2020 Ashmead Family Reserve Field Blend

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$50 Per Bottle

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750ml

Every now and then we have an opportunity to make something truly exceptional, that sits outside of the normal expectations of a style we make.

A special release wine in 2021

Winemakers Comments

Every now and then we have an opportunity to make something truly exceptional, that sits outside of the normal expectations of a style we make. Our Family Reserve Field Blend is just this. In 2020 we had an extremely low cropping level, perhaps the lowest yields since a time in the late 50s, according to the memories of many Barossa winemakers. Owing to their similar ripening pattern and trusted partnering, our Greenock old vine Grenache and Mataro were coupled with slim pickings of Carignan. Hand harvested and co-fermented, with a cool open fermentation and regular plunging to extract supple yet vibrant tannins, whilst retaining as much fruit as possible. Once pressed, the wine was filled to old French oak for malolactic fermentation, where a fraction of old vine Shiraz aided to top the last barrel. We chose to bottle this wine young, preserving freshness and brightness, with a very present savoury tannin profile. - Jules Ashmead & Brock Harrison

StyleVibrant, earthy and super tasty!
ColourDeep crimson
AromaLifted musk and cherry ripe with attractive gamey notes
PalatePunchy spice and notes of satsuma plum on the palate, with a rich vein of fresh ripe fruit, supported by powdery tannins providing great structure and length
DrinkDrink now or cellar confidently for the medium term
Vine Age13 -105 years
Vintage2020
RegionBarossa
MaturationOld French oak puncheons for 8 months
Alc/Vol15.3%

95 points – Ray Jordan on Winepilot.com

Not much went right in 2020, but after a tough vintage Elderton have managed to produce a pretty smart blend of grenache, mataro, carignan and shiraz from their Greenock vineyard. It has an earthy, dusty character emerging on the nose and palate, while other sweet-smelling notes of red raspberry confectionary poke through. It’s medium bodied with spicy red fruit characters dominant and supported by typically chalky, slightly powdery tannins.

95 points - Aaron Brasher, The Real Review

Lovely brightness and life in the glass. The aromas are of dark cherries, blueberries, pot-pourri, spice and cedar, there's a real attractiveness and seductiveness on the nose. The flavours are in the bright, blue fruit and crunchy zone. There's a touch of creaminess as well. The palate has a liveliness and vigour and there is a lovely purity and drive to the fruit flavour. The tannins are firm but offer structure and the acidity adds a tautness and delicious savoury edge.

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