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Date Printed: 10/30/2014
Elderton Command Shiraz 2005
Elderton Command Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 98629)
green wine
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $85.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1998 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.
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About Elderton:

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.