Wine Guide

Elderton Ode to Lorraine


Based in the town of Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley, Elderton Wines was created by Neil and Lorraine Ashmead in 1980. The property itself was first planted to vine in 1894 by a pioneer family of German descent. In 1916 it was sold to Samuel Elderton Tolley, who built a large homestead. By the time the Ashmead’s purchased the property, most of the 29 hectares vines were overgrown and neglected. It took Neil and Lorraine three years to rehabilitate the vineyard and release their first vintage. Since 2003 the winery has been managed by their sons, Cameron and Allister, who purchased additional vineyards in Craneford and Greenock. Their top wine, the Elderton Command Shiraz, is an icon of the Australian wine industry.

In the words of the winemaker – “Wines from 2018 speak of the ease with which the vintage rolled! Sufficient winter rains and a temperate spring allowed for even budburst and steady ripening across all varieties, with Shiraz ripening a little earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot coming up somewhere in the middle. We love this classic blend with the Cabernet Sauvignon bringing a fresh leafy note and Shiraz with it’s depth of flavour. Merlot finds a way into this blend as it has traditionally been a part of the Nuriootpa estate vineyard. It also helps to bring together the Cabernet and Shiraz, resulting in a seamless integrated wine worthy of aging, whilst still very approachable in its youth. The components for this blend are matured in new and seasoned French oak, allowing for subtle warm spice notes whilst not overwhelming the fruit balance with oak.”

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