Held at Society Cellars Ultimo
I recently had the opportunity to attend a tasting of 8 Elderton Wines at The Society Cellars in Ultimo. Hosted by Cameron Ashmead we had the opportunity to go through 2 whites and 4 Reds including a 2002 Back vintage of the Command Shiraz. Elderton is a small family winery based in the Barossa Valley who has developed a fierce reputation for making excellent reds especially Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The Wines on tasting with my accompanying notes are as follows:
2009 E Series Unoaked Chardonnay
This is one of the biggest selling Elderton wines and it is easy to see why. This is very drinkable wine with an incredibly fruity nose and palate. Small nuances of green apple and melon give way to more tropical and citrus based flavours.
2010 Eden Valley Riesling
A wine I am a little more familiar with – I did taste it at the Winestate wine of the year subscriber tasting where it placed in the Top 5 Rieslings of the year. This is 100% Eden Valley and the 2010 vintage was outstanding. A floral and perfumed nose- slightly citrusy as well. Long crisp palate on this wine with Lemon and Limes coming to the fore, a dry finish makes for an excellent Eden Valley Riesling.
2010 Eden Valley Shiraz
This is a softer, more fruit driven style of Shiraz that is definitely destined to be drunk now. A Young wine with a deep purple (almost pitch black) colour to it. Dark fruits such as Blackberry and Plum come through on the nose and the wine has juiciness to it like you would get if you squeezed the juice from the grape directly into your mouth.
2008 Estate Shiraz
From a relatively warmer Barossa Vintage, this wine was a lot more intense and with a lot more body than its 2010 Eden Valley Counterpart. The flavours to this were richer as well with a strong dark chocolate and stewed plum component. Like the Riesling, very good stuff.
2009 Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
The aim for the winemaker with this wine is to produce a juicy fully flavoured wine without a lot of tannins. The Barossa can be a little warmer than some of the other Cabernet growing areas and as such there is less chance of Cabernet with that astringent or slightly bitter flavour. This wine didn’t have a lot of tannin or feel to it. The flavours were there, think blackcurrant/cassis. It did also have a slight mint/eucalypt component as well.
The last three wines on offer are part of Elderton’s Elite Series of Wines. We had the privilege of tasting The 2008 Ode to Lorraine and both the 2007 and the 2002 Vintage of the Command Shiraz.
2008 Ode to Lorraine
Sourced from the Barossa, this wine is perhaps the pinnacle of a truly Australian blend. This is made up of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Shiraz and 8% Merlot. Tasting this you can see that it is a clear step up from the other wines and that it has been crafted with love and care.
2007 Command Shiraz
This wine has scored 95 points with both the James Halliday Wine Companion and Robert Parker’s wine advocate. It is easy to see why when you taste this particular wine. This wine was dense in colour with a few brick red hues. This wine has a fabulously complex nose of plum, blackcurrant and perhaps some dark chocolate coupled with a subtle note of vanilla which carries through to present a richly flavoured elegant wine.
2002 Command Shiraz
Tasting this gives you the perfect example of what do expect if you cellar your wines. It gives the regular wine consumer the chance to see what will happen should they leave a bottle or two of the command lying down in their cellar. The result is magical. This was like drinking liquid rubies. Elderton’s recommendation is that this will cellar up to 15 years and you can see now, nearly after 10 years that it is coming into peak drinking. The colour of the wine is still dark and intense, the nose is showing more of those subtle secondary characters of the 2007 but they are still working in harmony with the ever present primary fruits of plums, cherry and chocolate.
Magic in a bottle.