Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Halliday writes of Elderton's 30 Vintages

James Halliday has written a great article of the story of Elderton Wines and the Ashmead family in an article in The Weekend Australian Magazine (3.9.11), as Elderton celebrates 30 Vintages in 2011. To read the full article click here. We also received some great reviews:

2008 Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points
The quality of this wine shone through in the mini-vertical tastings of the top labels. The ’01 was good, the ’02 and ’06 very good, the ’04 outstanding, the ’08 an eyelash behind the ’04. It has superb drive and intensity to the back palate, with a lingering finish and aftertaste, the tannins positively silky. It has developed exceptionally well since first tasted in January 2010.

2008 Ode to Lorraine
95 points
A blend of 55% cabernet sauvignon, 37% shiraz and 8% merlot, with open fermentation concluded in barrel. The colour is deep but clear, the bouquet and palate offering blackberry, blackcurrant and plum aromas and flavours. There is ample structure from the cabernet component, giving line, length and balance to a quality wine. The toasty oak is evident, but does not challenge the fruit. Mercifully, the shocking pink colour of prior vintage labels has (almost) disappeared.

2010 Eden Valley Shiraz
92 points
From the Craneford Vineyard purchased by Elderton in 2007. It has vivid colour, and a fragrant plum-and-blackberry bouquet. The medium-bodied palate has great purity coupled with excellent texture and overall mouthfeel, and a long, supple finish. The wine was pressed straight to older American oak puncheons, amplifying the texture but leaving no distracting vanilla oak footprints.

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