2015 Command Shiraz

Elite Single Vineyards
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$120 Per Bottle

RRP $140
750ml

 

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.

Winemakers Comments

The fruit was harvested by hand, with five small parcels harvested over five weeks to attain complex nuances. Fermented in open top concrete fermenters with chilled ferments, hand pump-overs and cap submerging with oak header boards for eight days; the process finished with barrel ferment and malolactic fermentation in new French and American puncheons. Aromas of blackberry fruit, aniseed and spices carry through to the palate which is rich, warm and generous.
- Richard Langford

StyleRich, warm and generous
ColourVery dark purple with bright magenta hues
AromaBlackberry fruit, aniseed and spices
PalateAromas of blackberry fruit, aniseed and spices carry through to the palate which is rich, warm and generous
DrinkDrink now or cellar confidently for 15 - 20 years
VarietyShiraz
CloneUnknown, own roots
Vine AgePlanted circa 1894, classed as an Ancestor block by the Barossa Old Vine Charter
SoilDeep alluvial silt over red and brown earths and limestone
SpacingVine spacing 1.5m, row width 3m. East to West row direction
Yields1-2 tonnes per hectare
Vintage2015
RegionBarossa
Maturation30 months in new American and French oak puncheons
Alc/Vol14.7%

95 points - Halliday's Wine Companion 2019

... it still embodies the sort of inimitable, old vine (average 121 years) power that warm climate Australia does so well. The violet, pepper grind and meld of plummy fruit and Chinese five spice remain this brooding, highly ageable wine's calling card. 

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