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2019 Ode to Lorraine

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$55 Per Bottle

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RRP $65

The winemaking team at Elderton believe this is truly the hidden gem in the Elderton portfolio of premium reds. A Cabernet/Shiraz/Merlot blend was added to our portfolio from the 1992 vintage. It was a belief that through blending only the best parcels of fruit from the Elderton vineyard, a truly wondrous and complete wine could be made that showed the highlights of the three grape varieties.

The decision was made from the 2002 vintage onwards for the wine to be renamed (from CSM) in honour of co-founder of Elderton Wines, Lorraine Ashmead. This wine is dedicated to a woman who is greatly admired in the Barossa for her passion, dedication and commitment to not only Elderton, but to all the wondrous things our beautiful valley produces.

Winemakers Comments

After a relatively easy-going few years, 2019 was a vintage to remind us that we are actually farmers at the whim of the weather. With average winter rains, budburst seemed normal. However a nasty frost hit at a crucial time for Shiraz, particularly in Nuriootpa, meaning the best part of growing tips were burnt off. Fortunately, there was some new growth to follow. Although less fruitful, this gave enough fruit to ripen and produce a very reduced volume of 2019 Ode to Lorraine. Cabernet Sauvignon goes through budburst later, so it missed this frost event, as did the Merlot, of which there is a tiny percentage in this wine. Owing to the warm and very dry ripening season, fruit flavours are intense and fermentation was managed carefully to ensure balanced tannin extraction. The Ode to Lorraine parcels are matured in new and seasoned French oak prior to blending for bottle. - Jules Ashmead and Brock Harrison

StyleRich and sophisticated
ColourDark ruby
AromaSpiced dark chocolate, plummy tones with hints of bay leaf
PalateDark red fruits and cassis with brooding spice and a subtle chocolate note. Serious tannin profile owing to the vintage, with a boldness of fruit that lengthens the palate.
DrinkDrink now or cellar confidently for 15+ years
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon 47%, Shiraz 46%, Merlot 7%
Vine Age15 - 75 years
RegionBarossa Valley
MaturationFrench puncheons, 15% new, for 24 months

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