Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
James Halliday's 2010 Top 100 has been released, and Elderton's 2009 Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is featured, capping off a stellar year for this wine.
Bright red-purple, the perfumed redcurrant aromas lead into a palate with abundant juicy, fleshy fruit, fine tannins, and a bare hint of oak from nine months in older French hogsheads.
James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine, November 13-14, 2010.
Elderton's 2010 Eden Valley Riesling featured in the Top Five of the Riesling category at the 2010 Winestate Wine of the Year Awards last Friday. This follows on from receiving a 4.5 star rating in the Winestate Magazine November/December 2010 edition.
Monday, November 8, 2010
93 points - 2009 Neil Ashmead Grand Tourer Shiraz
93 points - 2008 Ode to Lorraine
92 points and a 'best value' wine rating - 2010 Eden Valley Riesling
90 points - 2006 Estate Merlot
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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Light, spicy varietal fruit aromas with very nice citrusy elements. Very dry palate - perfumed and fruity, with a long mineral acid finish. Excellent cellaring potential 5+years.
Featuring in both the Sustainability and Innovation categories in the Awards, Elderton continue to be proud of the initiatives that are being implemented as part of day-to-day business at the winery, driving the sustainability of the business.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Best in Class, Gold Medal — 2006 Command Shiraz
Best in Class, Silver — 2009 Neil Ashmead Grand Tourer Shiraz
Silver — 2007 Command Shiraz
Silver — 2008 Ode to Lorraine
Bronze — 2008 Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon
Bronze — 2007 Estate Shiraz
Bronze — 2010 Eden Valley Riesling
Monday, October 4, 2010
Spring is a wonderful time in the vineyard and we have the first pictures of Spring in the Command vineyard - again bursting into leaf cover in a fantastic display of nature, in their 116th year on the banks of the North Para River in the Elderton Estate vineyard.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Elderton Wines has seen the installation of its winery solar panel project finalised, making it one of the largest solar projects undertaken by a winery in Australia. The 168 panels are generating power as we speak and will help to reduce the winery's carbon dioxide emissions by at least 55 tonnes annually.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The Neil Ashmead GTS can add another feather to its cap after being featured in Luzer's Archive Special 200 Best Packaging Design Worldwide 10/11 book. The design, which has been catching attention around the world, and the wine continue to impress. For more details on the wine visit our website www.eldertonwines.com.au
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
"Distinctly Barossa, this cabernet shiraz merlot has poise and character, mixing dark berries, chocolate and asphalt. Plenty of flesh and charm, but underpinned with tannins to take it far, this is a stayer, for certain."
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
2006 Command Shiraz Bronze Medal
2007 Command Shiraz Bronze Medal
2007 Estate Shiraz Bronze Medal
2008 Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon Commended
Thursday, May 27, 2010
2006 Command Shiraz (available now) Silver Medal
2007 Command Shiraz (available March 2011) Silver Medal
2007 Estate Shiraz (available now) Bronze Medal
2007 Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon (available now) Commended
2008 Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon (available Nov. 2010) Commended
2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (available now) Commended
2009 Eden Valley Riesling (available now) Commended
Monday, May 17, 2010
Screw It, May 12-25 Sauce Magazine - Winsor Dobbin
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Check it out here: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-feature/uncover-a-fine-state-of-fares-20100422-tb6t.html
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
2006 Command Shiraz - 5 Stars, 94 points, Top 100 New Releases
"This is a lovely wine and not at all over-the-top. Savoury developing bouquet with lots of earthy, mocha, fruitcake and toasted-nut complexity, still with good primary fruit. The palate has a skilled balance of fruit sweetness and savouryness, with fine-grained tannins."
Thursday, April 8, 2010
'with monster coconut, mint, chocolate, tar, and blackberry prowess, layered with complexity and a rich texture of great silkiness. The Ashmead family sculpts this amazing red from syrah vines planted around 1904. Surprisingly, there’s still lots on shelves, no doubt due to the price. But it is absolutely world class in a glass.'
Check out the full article on luxury wines here:
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Tyson Stelzer, Barossa Living
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Check the wine out here http://www.eldertonwines.com.au/thewines/?wine=82
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
2006 Command Shiraz: 93 POINTS
"Glass-staining ruby-red. Exotically perfumed bouquet of black-berry, boysenberry, cherry-vanilla, cola and incense. A lot of oak spice here but there's also a load of powerful, deeply concentrated dark fruit. Velvety in texture, with strong finishing spiciness and lingering dark berry liqueur qualities. Nothing subtle about this, but it's improbably graceful and focused."
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
It is now confirmed that the Tolley family arrived in the Barossa in the 1893, after seeing potential in the region for their spirits business and subsequent suitability for vineyard establishment. Their settlement in Nuriootpa led to the construction of a distillery tower, which is still present today south of the Elderton property, near Penfolds (who eventually absorbed the Tolley distillery business).
Evidence shows that 1890s was a period of great viticultural growth for the Barossa, due largely to the outbreak of phylloxera (a crippling vine root disease) in the wine regions of Victoria. This was coupled with a growing acceptance of Australian wines both domestically and internationally and as a result, large tracts of vineyards were planted between Nuriootpa and Tanunda during this period.
It can then be assumed that at the time of the Tolley family’s arrival in 1893, the current Elderton vineyard would have been established also – more than 10 years earlier than original estimates. This is also based on cross-checking titles and family histories for the owners of the current Command Vineyard. The vineyard’s title was first recorded in 1843 and in 1889 it was sold to Johannes Heinrich Scholz who was recorded as a vine grower and wheelwright of Nuriootpa. It was then sold to Carl Heinrich Scholz in 1902, who was also recorded a vine grower. It was not until 1916, when the Tolley family actually took ownership of the estate vineyard
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
In 1984, Neil and Lorraine Ashmead also made the decision to buck the market and make a limited release Reserve Shiraz, as they believed the oldest Shiraz vines on the property (planted circa 1904) produced something unique and something delicious. The name Command was bestowed upon the wine as it showed all the hallmarks of power and richness and put quite frankly – the wine commanded respect. Elderton was among the first company in the Barossa to do this, of course with the exception of Penfold’s Grange and Henschke’s Hill of Grace.
In 2010, the Australian wine community is again in tough times. With oversupply rampant, a disadvantageous Australian dollar and a globe growing tired of the large company commoditisation of Australian wine, many are again wondering where and if respite will come.
Through these tough times however, Cameron and Allister Ashmead (the second generation at Elderton) are very proud to announce the release of the 21st Command Shiraz, the 2006 vintage. From very humble beginnings, this wine is now respected as one of the great wines on the planet, with drinkers, scribes and wine competitions all hailing what can be achieved from the century old vines on the banks of the North Para River, in the town of Nuriootpa.
The 2006 shows the signs as being one of the greats, in the ilk of 2002 and 1992, as it is full bodied, rich and power packed, yet a wine that has the balance and finesse to showcase its best at any stage in the next twenty plus years. The wine has been rated at 94 points by both James Halliday and by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and sits comfortably in the Excellent category of Langton’s classification of fine Australian Wine.
Having spent three years in a combination of American and French oak puncheons and a year in bottle (as every vintage produced has), the wine shows its provenance and pedigree, whilst been given the treatment to make it fit for long term cellaring.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
"Elderton has been making riesling from the Eden Valley for 25 years. The grapes for this wine were sourced from two vineyards.
Eden Valley to its back teeth. Ever so floral. Flavours of lime and lemon with a slatey aftertaste. Exemplary dryness. The finish almost feels grainy, it's so dry. It has 'lilt' to it too, in that the flavours swing through your mouth, rather than just bursting through to the finish. Means it has flavour as well as acid, I guess. And of course, this is part of why it feels so delicate. Lovely wine."
Monday, March 1, 2010
Since 2004, this international wine competition has been subject to the highest quality standards, rapidly joining the family of great and famous wine awards.
A great result and yet another accolade to add to the vast list of endoresement for this wine.
The grant, which was confirmed today through AusIndustry’s Retooling for Climate Change programme, bolsters the winery's environmental initiatives that have been implemented over the past 5 years. It will see a major solar panel grid erected on the winery premises in Nuriootpa, which will be able to generate 150kW of clean power daily. Elderton will also be contributing significantly to the project.
The panels will complement their cellar door, which is already operating on solar driven energy, and will enable full winery production on free and clean power from the sun. Cameron Ashmead, co-Managing Director of Elderton, commented "We are absolutely ecstatic to see the grant approved, which will be a major addition to our sustainable business programme, and a great win for the Barossa in general".
Elderton has been an industry leader in incorporating green initiatives into their day to day operations, having been one of the fist wineries in Australia to be fully accredited carbon neutral. The winery, which is increasingly turning to organic and biodynamic vineyard principles, also recycles all of its waste water, and has also undertaken a river regeneration project on their estate vineyard to bring back biodiversity.
"The solar panels are expected to generate enough electricity to easily satisfy our immediate demand, whilst also exporting excess power back into the public grid — even through peak requirements during vintage, the majority of our power will be generated by the sun", Mr Ashmead commented. "In the challenging times we are currently experiencing, it is important not take our eye off the ball as to the future viability of our estate resources. This project, along with others, will help to ensure the winery is being run as efficiently and environmentally responsible as possible, hopefully safeguarding it for future generations to come."
The winery can expect to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 55 tonnes annually through the new power source, and is aiming to have the system fully operational by the end of this year.
Stay tuned to be kept updated on everthing from media/press coverage and the latest show awards, to video clips from the inner sanctums of our winery and cellars.
The Elderton team