Elderton Ode To Lorraine 2008
Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The Ode to Lorraine is a blend of the finest barrels of each of the Elderton Estate varietals. Each year, through meticulous work on the tasting bench, we select a blend of Cabernet, Shiraz and Merlot which best reflects the nuances of each variety. The 2008 vintage provides us with warm, generous fruit characters. We have crafted an Ode to Lorraine which shows not only generosity, but both formality and elegance.
"All components of this wine are in plain view; the spicy warm shiraz first; the slightly savoury Merlot second and the structured and almost strict Cabernet third; in time these components will amalgamate to form an impressive blend, supported by rich, toasty oak."
Australian Wine Companion
"Only made in select years (2007 and 2003 thus far), Ode to Lorraine is a wine made in homage to Al and Cameron’s mum, who remains the “uberboss” of the operation. A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Shiraz and 8% Merlot, the 2008 Ode to Lorraine spent 18 months in new and seasoned French and American hogsheads. Deep garnet-purple colored, it gives intense blueberry, black currant and spice box aromas with hints of prunes, licorice and some earth. Rich and full-bodied with medium to firm grainy tannins and plenty of enlivening acid, it finishes long with layers of mulberry and spice flavors. Approachable now, it should soften more in a year or so and drink best from 2012 to 2020+."
The Wine Advocate
"Opaque ruby. Primary, pungent aromas of dark berry skin, cherry-cola and violet, with subtle smoke and Indian spice notes adding complexity. Broad, rich, seductively sweet blackberry and cassis flavors pack an impressive punch, with juicy acidity providing shape. Smoothly balances ripeness against vibrancy, finishing with outstanding clarity and spicy persistence."
International Wine Cellar
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Learn About Elderton Map It
Established in 1982 by Lorraine and Neil Ashmead, Elderton Wines is now run by the second generation - Cameron and Allister Ashmead. They are custodians of a Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Barossa floor vineyard, with plantings dating back to 1894. At present, they have been listed multiple times among Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines and received numerous other prestigious accolades.
Learn About Barossa Valley
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine...
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