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Elderton Estate Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Elderton Estate Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Elderton Estate Shiraz, Barossa Valley

2012 Elderton Estate Shiraz, Barossa Valley

Variety
Variety
Syrah
Vintage
Vintage
2012
Style
Style
Juicy
Region / Country
Region / Country
Barossa Valley, Australia
For lovers of Shiraz, Elderton is a name worth knowing. This family winery in Australia’s Barossa Valley turns out exemplary wines at several price tiers.
$26.00 / each
Member Price: $23.40
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Inside Story
Elderton is one of the top names in Australian Shiraz. Neil and Lorraine Ashmead founded their Barossa winery in 1982 with a huge advantage: one of the world’s largest plots of ancient vines. That 72-acre estate vineyard—now 110 years old—today provides fruit for one of Barossa’s top wines, Elderton Command Shiraz. This benchmark bottle sells for around $90, if you can even find it (good luck). Fortunately, super-talented winemaker Richard Langford makes other Shirazes, too. Langford supplements organically farmed estate grapes with purchased fruit, but always focuses on a house style that’s more restrained than many Barossa counterparts—which is what won our tasting panel over to this wine.
Elderton’s style forgoes hedonistic, sweetly ripe, inky, monster wines in favor of Shiraz that’s picked early enough to retain its juicy aliveness and savory edge. That makes the wines more food-friendly than many of their counterparts, as well as easier to enjoy on their own. A step up from the entry-level “E” Shiraz, the Estate bottling comes exclusively from three vineyards that the Ashmead family owns and farms themselves.
In the Glass
An evolving bouquet of raspberry, rose petal, spice, oak and plum notes expands with each swirl of the glass. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, but also sleek and tight, with a focused beam of blackberry, rose petal and raspberry flavors. Notes of vanilla and smoke hint at the wine’s aging in oak.
At the Table
Barossa Shiraz calls for meat dishes that can stand up to bold flavors. Decant the wine an hour before serving, then enjoy it with sausages, well-marbled steaks, chops or roasts of lamb or beef. The wine’s ripe fruit flavors will harmonize well with fruit-based chutney or sauces, as well as with savory accents such as olives, soy sauce and warm spices like cloves and cinnamon.

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