2005 followed a vintage that many thought would rank highly in the decade and the chances of an 'odd
year' standing over such a vintage seemed remote. But with a wet winter providing the sustenance and a
mild, dry summer following, Elderton fruit showed excellent development, particularly old vine harvests.
The vintage was later than normal with the last pick of the Command block being on April 11th. This long
ripening period, partnered with cool submerged-cap ferments in the winery, has allowed the fruit to shine
through (over the 30+ months of oak maturation) and is testament to the power of flavor produced from
our oldest Shiraz vines.
The Wine AdvocateElderton’s flagship is the single vineyard Command Shiraz, a wine with serious aging potential, and one with which all other South Australia Shiraz must be compared. The opaque purple/black 2005 Command Shiraz was aged in French and American oak puncheons (500-liter barrels). It offers up a sexy/kinky bouquet of wood smoke, lavender, leather, game, mineral, black raspberry, and blueberry pie. Voluptuous on the palate, complex, and dense, it demands a decade of cellaring after which it should offer hedonists much pleasure through 2035.
Wine SpectatorFirm in texture, with beautifully poised blackberry, licorice and pepper flavors that seem to hover weightlessly over fine tannins, lingering enticingly on the long, expressive finish. Best from 2011 through 2017. 1,400 cases imported.
International Wine CellarInky ruby color. Vibrant raspberry, cherry-vanilla and coconut aromas are complemented by candied licorice and smoky minerals. Pliant, palate-coating red and dark berry preserve flavors are perked up by Asian spices and smoky minerals. Pretty exotic but not over the top, with gentle tannins adding shape and focus to the long, sweet finish. This is downright sexy today.
Australian Wine CompanionLavish 34 months in American (dominant) and French oak has resulted in an army greatcoat of oak wrapped around the undeniably good fruit, the latter giving the palate length.
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