2016 Elderton Barossa
Neil and Lorraine Ashmead moved to the Barossa Valley in 1979, after Lorraine’s father located a lovely residence as a great place to live and raise their family. The property, in the heart of the township of Nuriootpa, was surrounded by extremely old Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. The Ashmeads were offered the homestead with 72 acres of vineyards, which they transformed into Elderton wines three years later. The second generation, Cameron and Allister, took the reins of the business in 2003 and today work together to run Elderton Wines, with Lorraine still involved through her role on the Board.
This 100% Shiraz was aged for 24 months in American and French Oak. The dark purple color reveals aromas of black fruits, forest floor and a cast of vanilla. The upfront fruit is heavily concentrated with a mid-palate that offers chocolate, a salty edginess with tar and a spicy finish. This classic Shiraz brings me back to the amazing Australian Shiraz of the 1990’s.
By Perry Miroballi