The recently released 2007 Command Shiraz has already received fantastic ratings of 95 points from James Halliday and Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and 94 points from Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. Yesterday a rating of 97 points was given in the newsletter released by Nicks Wine Merchants:
Opaque black dark red colour with deep dark red hue - a little more advanced than previous vintages. The nose displays excellent intensity with top notes of mocha and liquorice followed by some ripe blackberry, confectionary and vanilla. Full bodied, super rich and opulent the palate displays lavish flavours of dark plum, liquorice allsorts and mocha followed by some dark chocolate and vanilla overtones. Silky smooth tannin structure. Superb depth with long persistent aftertaste of mocha, liquorice, vanilla and spice. Available in limited supply. Hedonistic drinking now but will also cellar a further 5-6 years (2011-2017) - 97 points - Nicks Wine Merchants
The 2008 Estate Shiraz also received a great review, rated 94 points:
Lifted aromas of blackberry, mocha, liquorice allsorts, toasty vanillin oak and confectionary. Full bodied and filled with ripe opulent blackberry, dark chocolate, liquorice allsorts and spice flavours. Soft velvet smooth tannins with a generous fleshy mouthfeel. Good persistence with long aftertaste of ripe blackberry, dark chocolate, liquorice and spice. Elderton are one of the top exponents of voluptuous Barossa Shiraz with the 2008 again delivering excellent value. Drink over the next 4-5 years (2011-2016) - 94 points - Nicks Wine Merchants
Elderton's winery is now abuzz with vintage moving into full swing. The first crush occured on March 7 - Chardonnay. The first red ferment is now underway, with Shiraz in the open fermenters and giving us the amazing colours and smells of vintage!