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    Elderton Command Shiraz 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz - Barossa Valley, Australia


    • RP97
    • ST94
    Price: $95.00
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    Professional Ratings: 97 The Wine Advocate, 94 Wine Spectator, 94 International Wine Cellar, 90 Australian Wine Companion

    Region: Barossa Valley, Australia

    Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz

    Other Info: Green Wines, Collectible Wines

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 98629

    Winemaker's Notes:

    2005 followed a vintage that many thought would rank highly in the decade and the chances of an 'odd year' standing over such a vintage seemed remote. But with a wet winter providing the sustenance and a mild, dry summer following, Elderton fruit showed excellent development, particularly old vine harvests. The vintage was later than normal with the last pick of the Command block being on April 11th. This long ripening period, partnered with cool submerged-cap ferments in the winery, has allowed the fruit to shine through (over the 30+ months of oak maturation) and is testament to the power of flavor produced from our oldest Shiraz vines.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Elderton’s flagship is the single vineyard Command Shiraz, a wine with serious aging potential, and one with which all other South Australia Shiraz must be compared. The opaque purple/black 2005 Command Shiraz was aged in French and American oak puncheons (500-liter barrels). It offers up a sexy/kinky bouquet of wood smoke, lavender, leather, game, mineral, black raspberry, and blueberry pie. Voluptuous on the palate, complex, and dense, it demands a decade of cellaring after which it should offer hedonists much pleasure through 2035.

    97 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Firm in texture, with beautifully poised blackberry, licorice and pepper flavors that seem to hover weightlessly over fine tannins, lingering enticingly on the long, expressive finish. Best from 2011 through 2017. 1,400 cases imported.

    94 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Inky ruby color. Vibrant raspberry, cherry-vanilla and coconut aromas are complemented by candied licorice and smoky minerals. Pliant, palate-coating red and dark berry preserve flavors are perked up by Asian spices and smoky minerals. Pretty exotic but not over the top, with gentle tannins adding shape and focus to the long, sweet finish. This is downright sexy today.

    94 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    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.

    90 Points
    Australian Wine Companion
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