Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz
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- Command is something of an icon in the context of Australian Shiraz, with its commanding richness and hedonism commanding serious attention around the world. In other words, it is a commanding sort of wine. We recommend you command a bottle to decide for yourself if it's commanding of your love... 100
The Elderton Command Shiraz has established an enviable reputation since the first vintage in 1984. It is truly one of Australia’s best and most highly regarded icon wines. The Command is truly an expression of place, and one of which the family intends to preserve for generations to come.
Vineyard Information: Estate grown on the Nuriootpa vineyard, the fruit is sourced from a single block planted circa 1894, classed as a centenarian block by the Barossa Old Vine Charter.
Winemaker’s Comments: The fruit was harvested by hand, with five small parcels harvested over five weeks to attain complex nuances. Fermented in open top concrete fermenters with chilled ferments, hand pump-overs and cap submerging with oak header boards for eight days; the process finished with barrel ferment and malolactic fermentation in new French and American puncheons. Aromas of blackberry fruit, aniseed and spices carry through to the palate which is rich, warm and generous.
Style: Rich, warm and generous.
Colour: Very dark purple with bright magenta hues.
Aroma: Blackberry fruit, aniseed and spices.
Palate: Aromas of blackberry fruit, aniseed and spices carry through to the palate which is rich, warm and generous.
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar confidently for 15 - 20 years.
Campbell Mattinson says:“
Vineyard planted 1894, matured in French and American oak. The oak and the fruit have fast become inseparable. Rich blackberry, coal, earth and coffee-cream flavours cascade onto the palate and on out through the finish. Dry, filigreed tannin builds as the wine breathes; you only notice it once you're safe in its embrace. Both old school and new school at once; it's elegant and rich, unafraid of oak but blessed with pure, dark berried fruit.
Best Drinking: Drink by 203897
Wine Companion (2012 Vintage) says:“
From a vineyard planted in 1894, picked in five small parcels over 4 weeks; part fermented in open fermenters, part concluding its fermentation in new American and French puncheons. Command indeed; elegant, but brooking no argument, the X-factor of the fruit at once obvious, yet undefinable; certain it is that its balance and depth are beyond approach, the oak and tannins seamlessly stitched through the fruit and length of the palate.
Best Drinking: Drink by 205097
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says:“
A very elegant and refined Shiraz that fully lives up to its reputation; fragrant red and black fruits have a garland of spicy oak on the bouquet, a message that is faithfully reproduced on the long, medium-bodied palate.Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 201395
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says:“
This truly excellent example of Barossa shiraz comes from vines planted in 1894 and from one of the great vintages of the region. Deeply complex, with dark fruits and a decent splash of well-weighted oak. Blackberry and licorice, spices and dark chocolate are all in this wonderful statement of the best in the Barossa, delivered with a degree of finesse and style.97
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says:“
Clear purple-crimson; a beautifully balanced wine that effortlessly walks around its alcohol, the mediumbodied palate with blackberry and plum fruit, and substantial built-in oak. History shows that Command takes a number of years to absorb that oak and come into full flower.James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 201394
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says:“
It's fashionable by some to criticise the power of the Barossa to make generous reds that appeal via richness, full flavours and opulence. Lavish with quality milk chocolate coffee and mocha oak as well as the regions plum and spice. Initially sweet fruit and very soft tannins in a full bodied palate and plummy length of fruit within the regional style. This is a lighter but still the typical high quality that we have come to know from this wine maker.
Best Drinking: 2018Rob Geddes MW92
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says:“
Porty, meaty and currant-like, with pruney aromas backed by bacony oak. It's forward and jammy, with sweet berry, currant and raisiny fruit becoming quite hollow down the palate, but finishes with grip of polished tannin and a spirity warmth. Unusually deficient in fruit and structure, and very surprising for this label!
Best Drinking: 2014-2017The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:“
A heady melange of dark fruits, licorice, anise and lavish levels of toasty oak; the palate is full of warm, ripe fruitcake character, with plenty of concentration; while certainly a 'more is more' style of wine, the detail is evident with its light touch and the finish is very long.
Best Drinking: 202594
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says:“
Typically sumptuous, unctuous, handsomely oaked and deeply ripened, this powerfully flavoured and faintly porty Barossa shiraz will please its legion of followers. Its densely layered, juicy and jammy expression of red berries, blackberries and cassis smoothly merges with fresh oak, licorice-like spices, cloves and cinnamon, finishing like a rich, light spirity fruitcake. It's marginally warm and edgy, but should settle down with time.
Best Drinking: 2020-2028The Australian Wine Annual 201392
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says:“
A distinct style due to spending over two years in oak. Sourced from 116-year-old vines the family show the old vines the respect they deserve in a full blooded Aussie way. Very rich chocolate and tobacco American oak with plum blackberry sweet fruit soft tannins very deep middle palate with great length and enormous capacity to age.
Best Drinking: 2026Rob Geddes MW90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:“
The bouquet delivers a complex array of red and black fruit, with smoky tar and licorice on display; the palate is an experience in two parts; on entry vibrant perfume, and to conclude there is a lingering sense of black fruit, fresh leather and smoky tar all working seamlessly together.Australian Wine Companion 2011 201095
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says:“
Richly flavoured, dark and alluring, this slightly exaggerated but finely presented regional style sits well amongst its genre. Deep, spicy aromas of blackberries, redcurrants, mulberries and cassis are handsomely cloaked by fine-grained charry mocha oak, with meaty, earthy undertones. It's sumptuous but surprisingly elegant, with a polished, almost salty palate of plush, juicy fruit and sweet, tight-knit oak, finishing with genuine length and concentration, but also with a touch of charm and balance.The Australian Wine Annual 201293
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says:“
A commanding and powerful wine, loaded with more Barossa complexity than ever, a stick of smoked Linke's mettwurst, a bar of RiChocolate's hand made dark chocolate and some hung game, too. Ready.Wine100 201192
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says:“
A distinct style due to spending over two years in oak. Sourced from 116-year-old vines the family show the old vines the respect they deserve in a full blooded Aussie way. Very rich chocolate and tobacco American oak with plum blackberry sweet fruit soft tannins very deep middle palate with great length and enormous capacity to age.Rob Geddes MW91
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says:“
Good viticulture has helped fashion a fine Command, whose densely layered aromas of plums, blackberries, cassis and mocha/chocolate oak are backed by meaty, cedary and vanilla undertones. Dripping with concentrated, confiture-like fruit, its long, sumptuous palate of profoundly ripened but not over ripened fruit shows all the customary Elderton extravagance with oak but is underpinned by a silky-smooth chassis of pliant tannin.Australian Wine Annual 2010 200994
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says:“
A distinct style due to spending over two years in oak. Sourced from 100-year-old vines, the family show the old vines the respect they deserve in a full-blooded Aussie way. Very rich chocolate and blackberry sweet fruit, soft tannins with great length and enormous capacity to age.Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:“
Good colour; quite a restrained and elegant bouquet, showing more red fruit than black, and a little fruitcake spice; the palate is fresh and vibrant with toasty oak seamlessly framing the fruit; a long and harmonious finish with chewy tannins and fresh acidity.Australian Wine Companion 2010 200994
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says:“
It's a big, brutish Barossan red and of course it's designed to perform well in the cellar, but we reckon you'd have no problems drinking this now too. Stand back and prepare for a blast, though. It has a mix of rich red and black fruits with strong cherry accents and the usual toasted mocha and coconut oak. It all meshes very well. It has a plentiful supply of fine, supple tannins and a long smooth finish - in short, it has the lot.The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 201094
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:“
Lavish 34 months in American (dominant) and French oak has resulted in an army greatcoat of oak wrapped around the undeniably good fruit, the latter giving the palate length.Australian Wine Companion 2010 200990
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says:“
Handsomely ripened and given an extended maturation in small oak, this sumptuous and harmoniously balanced shiraz delivers smooth, luxuriant flavour with plenty of length and polish. Floral and spicy, its peppery bouquet of small black and red berries, dark plums and sweet vanilla oak reveals smoky undertones. Supported by very fine, firm tannins, its vibrant palate of intense fruit and coconut/cedar/dark chocolate oak finishes with a lingering mintiness and fruit.Australian Wine Annual 2009 200893
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says:“
A distinct style due to spending over two years in oak. Sourced from 100-year-old vines, the family show the old vines the respect they deserve in a full-blooded Aussie way. Very rich chocolate and blackberry sweet fruit, soft tannins with great length and enormous capacity to age.Australian Wine Vintages 201090
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says:“
A distinct style due to spending over two years in oak. Sourced from 100-year-old vines, the family show the old vines the respect they deserve in a full-blooded Aussie way. Very rich chocolate and blackberry sweet fruit, soft tannins with great length and enormous capacity to age.Australian Wine Vintages 2010
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says:“
A complex wine, tangy and spicy, very much a product of a difficult vintage; the wine does have length and mouthfeel, but there must have been some discussion whether it should be released under the Command label.Australian Wine Companion 2009 200890
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says:“
Elderton shows its experience with ripe fruit with a very good wine from a hot and difficult vintage. Dark, inky iodide-like aromas of dark plums, cassis and slightly varnishy oak precede a smooth and luxuriant palate. Intense, if rather uncomplicated dark fruit flavours are given plenty of sweet coconut ice and vanilla oak, finishing with cigarboxy undertones and a hint of currant.Australian Wine Annual 2008 200792
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says:“
Good colour; excellent focus, balance and length; blackberry fruit with lashings of dark chocolate and spice; ripe tannins, controlled oak.Australian Wine Companion 2008 200795
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says:“
Quite a sophisticated but extremely ripe shiraz that has retained plenty of vibrant, bright fruit character. Its juicy aromas of cassis, dark plums, blackberries and sweet cedar/mocha oak are backed by spicy nuances, with suggestions of mint and menthol. Smooth and sumptuous, its oaky and velvet-like palate underpins its blackberry and dark plum flavours with riper, meaty currant-like influences and assertive, smoky and dark chocolate oak. It finishes with lingering spicy, raisined and savoury characters.Australian Wine Annual 2007 200693
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says:“
Medium-bodied; a mix of black fruits, vanilla, spice, sweet earth and chocolate; good overall mouthfeel and balance; fine, silky tannins; 3 years in oak polishes the wine.Australian Wine Companion 2006 200592
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says:“
Heady aromas of small red and black berries, cinnamon and cloves are strongly backed by spicy smoky/vanilla and coconut American oak, with slightly varnishy and spirity undertones. Sumptuous, sweet and jammy, the velvet-like and uncomplicated palate of concentrated blackberry, redcurrant, cassis and plum-like flavour is warm and spirity, framed by smooth and approachable tannins.Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says:“
I was genuinely surprised by this wine, coming as it does from such a difficult season. It's more restrained but also more driven by genuinely ripe fruit than recent vintages, with an attractive spread of smoky, lightly meaty flavours of raspberries and plum jam. Look further and you'll see suggestions of cassis, prunes and currants, with some herbal edges over some charry vanilla oak. It's very smooth, rich and generous, wrapped in silky tannins. Quite a classy expression of its style, and sure to please many people.Australian Wine Annual 2005 200493
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says:“
Mint, vanilla and red berry fruits, with a sweet core; oak dominant.Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says:“
Medium to full red-purple; ripe plum and well-balanced and integrated oak aromas are quite intense, leading logically to a concentrated, powerful but smooth palate, with good mouthfeel and flow; traditional Barossa.Australian Wine Companion 2004 200391
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says:“
Medium to full red-purple; the deep and complex bouquet has an array of rich, dark berry, plum, chocolate and vanilla aromas; the rich palate has an unctuously sweet fruit, chocolate and vanilla mix; the overall extract is well handled - this is a very good example of the full-on American-oaked Shiraz style.Australian Wine Companion 2003 200294
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says:“
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is clean and only moderately intense. The wine swells and opens up on the palate, with sweet red berry/cherry fruit, some chocolate and pleasant vanilla flavours from the balanced and integrated American oak. Soft tannins.Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001