An article by Ray Jordan in The West Australian on 11.9.11 has told the story of the Ashmead family's bold move into the wine industry and the journey the family and Elderton Wines has had in the 30 vintages since. The 2008 Ode to Lorraine was named as Pick of the Week:
2008 Ode to Lorraine
An appealing soft generous wine of silky-smooth structure and supple, rich flavours. It's a lovely vibrant wine with a little savoury leathery character to it, overlayed with a decent dusty eathiness. The majority blend of cabernet and shiraz carries the wine but the softness of the merlot adds an important dimension. Excellent wine.
2009 Neil Ashmead Grand Tourer Shiraz
93 pointsLifted floral, spicy notes on the nose. It's a highly perfumed wine made from a 70-year-old biodynamic single vineyard on Cameron Ashmead's property. It's 100 per cent shiraz. Gets 11 months in all French oak and is left on lees in barrel. Has a soft, generous mouth-feel with fine tannins and fine-grained oak. It's a sleeker, sexier wine.
2008 Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon
91 pointsThis is sourced from the Elderton property. It was picked just as the heat was beginning, so it wasn't impacted by the extreme heatwave of that year. This is a stylish, angular and quite linear cabernet. Has fine red berry potes over some light cedary oak. Well balanced and poised with the structure to evolve in the cellar. This is predominately American oak.