Very dark purple with bright magenta hues. The nose shows lashings of chocolate, violet and delicious cedar. On the palate it is rich and generous; the wine has wondrous dark chocolate, plums and black pepper flavors that persist through to a fleshy finish. It is held together beautifully with refinement and amazing focus. 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.
The Wine Advocate2007 was a hot, dry, challenging year in the Barossa but the 1894 plantings that go into the Command Shiraz have seen a lot of innings. The roots of these vines go down an estimated 2+ meters, a factor that goes a long way towards stabilizing yields through thick and thin. Still, this was a relatively small vintage producing around 1000 cases. The 2007 Shiraz Command Elderton Estate gives a medium garnet color and very earthy, intense black cherry and blackberry aromas with some loam and iron ore over spice box and espresso, vanilla and licorice. The full-bodied palate is very concentrated juxtaposed by steady crispness and firm fine tannins. This wine is still very youthful with the oak still standing apart in the long layered finish, yet it’s a great example destined for the long haul. Consider drinking it now to 2024+. I was also shown 2 older vintages of the Command Shraz: 2004 and 1992.
Australian Wine CompanionThe bouquet delivers a complex array of red and black fruit, with smoky tar and licorice on display; the palate is an experience in two parts; on entry vibrant perfume, and to conclude there is a lingering sense of black fruit, fresh leather and smoky tar all working seamlessly together.
Wine SpectatorComplex, broad and distinctive for its minerally slate and river stone character that weaves through the polished blackberry and blueberry flavors, striking a fascinating balance as the finish lingers with a hint of black olive against polished tannins. Best from 2013 through 2020. 650 cases imported.
International Wine CellarInky purple. Highly perfumed bouquet of cherry-vanilla, candied dark berries, spicecake and woodsmoke, with a slow-building spiciness and a sexy floral quality. Lush and creamy in texture, offering sweet blackberry and blueberry flavors and an exotic note of coconut. Tannins sneak in on the finish, adding grip to the broad, deeply concentrated dark fruit. For all this wine's extroverted character there's also excellent structure and shapeliness. Made from vines that were mostly planted in 1894, and raised in 60% American oak.
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