2013 Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz
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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.
expert reviews about
2013 Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz
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.Drink by 2038
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.Drink by 2050
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 2013
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.
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 2013
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.2025Australian Wine Companion 2012
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 2010
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 2012
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 2009
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 2009
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 2010
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 2008
Good colour; excellent focus, balance and length; blackberry fruit with lashings of dark chocolate and spice; ripe tannins, controlled oak.Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
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 2002