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Elderton Command Shiraz 2009

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

Elderton Command Shiraz has established an enviable reputation since the first vintage in 1984. It has aromas of blackberry, aniseed and spices that carry through to the palate which is rich, warm and generous.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
One of the world's greatest red wines, the active and penetrating 2009 Elderton Command is a Shiraz that makes the palate and brain stand up. Deep ruby, blackish color; penetrating red fruit aromas that shows super ripeness, but never over-the-top, it just stays where it should be, quite alluring and refined; medium bodied, brisk on the palate, graced with perfectly appointed sweet tannins; dry, fine acidity, well balanced; excellent ripe fruit flavors that dance subtly and forever on the palate; long finish, fresh and bright aftertaste. Drinking pretty fine now, but quite age worthy. (Tasted: November 2, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet, the nose of the still youthful 2009 Command Shiraz reveals a lot of oak with a good core of cedar, black berry preserves, pepper, cinnamon stick, cloves and vanilla plus a whiff of mocha. Full-bodied and powerful in the mouth, it offers a great concentration of licorice and vanilla flavors in the mouth complementing the pure berry richness with firm, rounded tannins and crisp acid supporting, finishing long and cedary. With the oak standing out at the moment, it should drink best 2015 to 2024+.
Rating: 94+
WS 94
Wine Spectator
Velvety, round and focused, centering on blueberry, with hints of coffee and spice as the finish lingers. Poised and expressive, this comes together harmoniously and has miles and miles to go. Drink now through 2021.
JH 94
Australian Wine Companion
Clear purple-crimson; a beautifully balanced wine that effortlessly walks around its alcohol, the medium-bodied palate with blackberry and plum fruit, and substantial built-in oak. History shows that Command takes a number of years to absorb that oak and come into full flower.
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Elderton, Australia
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After time spent working in Saudi Arabia, Neil and Lorraine Ashmead, moved to the Barossa in 1979, after Lorraine’s father identified a beautiful home with potential. The Ashmeads believed this would be a great place to raise their family. The homestead, in the heart of the township of Nuriootpa, was surrounded by extremely old Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. At a time where demand for Australian table wine was negligible, the vineyard had become derelict. After years of no interest, the real estate agent eventually offered the Ashmeads the 72 acre vineyard as a bonus, as part of the sale of the homestead. Three years later, after restoring the vineyard, Elderton Wines was born.

The second generation, Cameron and Allister, took the reins of the business in 2003 and today work together to run Elderton Wines, with Lorraine still involved through her role on the Board. Cameron and Allister believe very strongly in continuing the traditions that began a generation earlier, on the Nuriootpa vineyard. Wanting to take the family company to the next level, they together devised a plan to buy great vineyards in other significant sub appellations of the Barossa. Through using sustainable practices, the hope is that the next generation of the Ashmead family have a lot to work with when they are at the helm.

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The Barossa Zone encompasses the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. Some of the oldest vines in Australia can be found here.

Barossa Valley of course is the most important and famous wine growing region in all of Australia where 140+ year-old, dry-farmed Shiraz vines still produce inky, purple and dense juice for some of Australia's best wines.

In the cooler, wetter Eden Valley sub-region, the Hill of Grace vineyard is home to famous Shiraz vines from the 1800s but the region produces also some of Australia’s very best and age-worthy Rieslings.

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Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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