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