2017 Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz
Since the inaugural 1984 vintage Elderton Command Shiraz has established a formidable international reputation. Planted in 1894 the Command vineyard is located on the southern edge of the Nuriootpa township and planted on deep alluvial silt over red and brown earth and limestone. The majority of the rows are orientated east-west (as opposed to the more common orientation of north-south). This enables cooling breezes from the Barossa Ranges to flow through the rows of vines rather than against them. Maturation takes place in a combination of new American and French oak puncheons for 30 months, the wine is then given a further 12 months bottle age before being released.
Satiny, seamless and opulent, decadently rich fruit is delivered with monstrous power.
Dense inky black heart with a bright dark red black tinged hue. Potent scents of ripe blackberry, liquorice and dark plum engulf the senses followed by vanillin oak, mocha, light earth and spice. Decadently rich and voluptuously textured the palate is drenched in lavish blackberry, liquorice and dark plum fruits which overlay a back drop of medium toasted vanillin oak, earthy mocha and spice nuances. Satin smooth with magnificent power and intensity, velvety tannins lead into an exceptionally long and highly seductive aftertaste. Command in top form.
Drink over the next 8-10 years.