2014 Ode to Lorraine

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RRP $60

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 it to be renamed (from CSM) in honour of the co founder of Elderton, Lorraine Ashmead. The winemaking team at Elderton believe this is truly the hidden gem in the Elderton portfolio of premium reds.

Winemakers Comments

The Ode to Lorraine is a blend of the finest barrels of each of the Elderton Nuriootpa vineyard varietals. Each year, through meticulous work on the tasting bench, we select a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot which best reflects the nuances of each variety. The 2014 vintage is a blend of parcels, fermented in concrete open fermenters, with selected barrel ferments and press cuts, giving warm and generous fruit characters, spiciness and generous length, whilst still being a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend.
- Richard Langford

StyleRich and sophisticated
ColourDark ruby
Aromaplum, dark fruits of the forest and chocolate
Palatewarm and generous fruit characters, spiciness and generous length
Drinknow til 15 years from vintage
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot
Vine AgeCabernet Sauvignon (several blocks planted between 1964 & 1994) Shiraz (several blocks planted between 1914 & 1998) Merlot (blocks planted 1982 & 1985)
SoilDeep alluvial silt over red and brown earths and limestone
SpacingVine spacing 1.5m, row width 3m. East to West row direction
Yields1-2 tonne per acre
RegionBarossa Valley
MaturationA selection of French hogsheads and puncheons

93 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, 2 March 2017

The best way to describe this edition of Elderton’s Ode to Lorraine (a cabernet, shiraz and merlot blend) is to call it a smooth talker. It’s just oh so smooth. Nothing fancy, just deep, rich, blackberried/blackcurranty fruit, coated in a sensible level of chocolate, sensual and seductive. There are of course some dried herb notes but all those sweet berried cassis-like notes reign supreme here. Tannin is a gentle melt throughout. It’s a big warm red in the best sense of the words.

92 points -Wine Spectator, 31 March 2017

Rich and expressive, with gingerbread and fresh cherry flavours at the core. Details of smoke, eucalyptus and cigar box work together harmoniously, bolstered by very polished tannins.

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