Elderton

Barossa Command Single Vineyard Shiraz

9.230 ratings
9.13 pro ratings
Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Shiraz
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

The nose reveals; candied style blackberries, plum, boysenberries, stewed black plum, dark liqueur style cherries, black raspberries, blueberries, black licorice, sweet tarriness, crushed dry limestone, cinnamon stick, vanilla, dark chocolate, mocha with caramel, pepper, used leather, light notes of grilled meats, bright, dark red, purple flowers with violets.

The body is the leaner side of full. The tannins are nicely resolved but, still have tarry baby teeth. The structure, tension, balance and length have hit a sweet spot and still have at least 6-8 years of good drinking ahead. The palate fruits are ruby candied. Blackberries, olallieberries, plum, boysenberries, stewed black plum, dark liqueur style cherries, black raspberries, blueberries, black licorice, sweet tarriness, crushed dry limestone, dry top soils, wet clay, cinnamon stick, vanilla, dark chocolate, mocha with heavier caramel than the nose, dark spice with just a little palate heat, pepper, touch of mint with fresh herbs, used leather, notes of smokey, grilled meats, bright, dark red, purple flowers with violets. The acidity is near perfect. The long finish is; elegant, ruby, rich, well balanced and deliciously persistent. Just missed 94

Photos of; our spring 2017 visit to Elderton. Their tasting bar, entry, road signage and the vineyard around the tasting room. They drove us to their much larger facility still in the construction phase which, I would think is now open.

@BobMcDonald Always rock solid!

The nose reveals; candied style blackberries, plum, boysenberries, stewed black plum, dark liqueur style cherries, black raspberries, blueberries, black licorice, sweet tarriness, crushed dry limestone, cinnamon stick, vanilla, dark chocolate, mocha with caramel, pepper, used leather, light notes of grilled meats, bright, dark red, purple flowers with violets.

The body is the leaner side of full. The tannins are nicely resolved but, still have tarry baby teeth. The structure, tension, balance and length have hit a sweet spot and still have at least 6-8 years of good drinking ahead. The palate fruits are ruby candied. Blackberries, olallieberries, plum, boysenberries, stewed black plum, dark liqueur style cherries, black raspberries, blueberries, black licorice, sweet tarriness, crushed dry limestone, dry top soils, wet clay, cinnamon stick, vanilla, dark chocolate, mocha with heavier caramel than the nose, dark spice with just a little palate heat, pepper, touch of mint with fresh herbs, used leather, notes of smokey, grilled meats, bright, dark red, purple flowers with violets. The acidity is near perfect. The long finish is; elegant, ruby, rich, well balanced and deliciously persistent. Just missed 94

Photos of; our spring 2017 visit to Elderton. Their tasting bar, entry, road signage and the vineyard around the tasting room. They drove us to their much larger facility still in the construction phase which, I would think is now open.

@BobMcDonald Always rock solid!

Jun 23rd, 2019
Joshua Blissett

Poor guy apparently never tasted anything beyond freshly released vintages and thought it was over the hill. Truth is, it's a baby. Barely starting to develop secondary characteristic w/ still bright and fresh fruit. Palate was super rich (almost milk texture), and the American oak was a little too much, but it should still drink well for quite awhile longer.

Poor guy apparently never tasted anything beyond freshly released vintages and thought it was over the hill. Truth is, it's a baby. Barely starting to develop secondary characteristic w/ still bright and fresh fruit. Palate was super rich (almost milk texture), and the American oak was a little too much, but it should still drink well for quite awhile longer.

Jul 8th, 2016
Joe Roth

Needed about an hour to start opening, but when it did . . . .wow!

Needed about an hour to start opening, but when it did . . . .wow!

Sep 14th, 2018
Joe Roth

Really holding up well. Garnet in color from edge to edge. Nose is more like a Bordeaux.

Really holding up well. Garnet in color from edge to edge. Nose is more like a Bordeaux.

Mar 20th, 2018
Pretty Sunny

The best red I had in 2017. Perfectly balanced 👍👍👍

The best red I had in 2017. Perfectly balanced 👍👍👍

Dec 30th, 2017
Scott Soren

Big, rich full bodied. Everything one loves about Aussie Shiraz

Big, rich full bodied. Everything one loves about Aussie Shiraz

Jul 14th, 2017
LM Segal

A wine at its apogee, a liquid hommage to the blueberry at its core on the nose and across the palate. Perfectly integrated wood that comes through as sweet toasty vanilla and smoke essence. Screams Barossa, with distinctive secondary elements peeking out of sweet cherry, tobacco, spice, red flowers and plums. Outstanding, 30 min decant does it all.

A wine at its apogee, a liquid hommage to the blueberry at its core on the nose and across the palate. Perfectly integrated wood that comes through as sweet toasty vanilla and smoke essence. Screams Barossa, with distinctive secondary elements peeking out of sweet cherry, tobacco, spice, red flowers and plums. Outstanding, 30 min decant does it all.

Dec 4th, 2016
Tan Ernest

Seem slightly one-dimensional with only ripe juicy berries coming through even after giving in time (~2 hours) in the glass. Great smooth velvety texture though. Would have liked abit more spice, tannins and a longer finish. In 2 minds whether this will improve with additional age, as the bold fruit and alcohol seem to indicate it can, but a lack of balance and complexity seems to indicate otherwise.

Seem slightly one-dimensional with only ripe juicy berries coming through even after giving in time (~2 hours) in the glass. Great smooth velvety texture though. Would have liked abit more spice, tannins and a longer finish. In 2 minds whether this will improve with additional age, as the bold fruit and alcohol seem to indicate it can, but a lack of balance and complexity seems to indicate otherwise.

Jul 8th, 2016
LM Segal

Nose of scorched clay and chocolate covered blueberries. More dark chocolate, leather and lonnnnng finish of burnt oak. Pure, rich. 10+ years to go at least, as fine tannins perfectly frame this beauty. Some will find this a tad on the syrupy side of Barossa - but so friggin good.

Nose of scorched clay and chocolate covered blueberries. More dark chocolate, leather and lonnnnng finish of burnt oak. Pure, rich. 10+ years to go at least, as fine tannins perfectly frame this beauty. Some will find this a tad on the syrupy side of Barossa - but so friggin good.

May 16th, 2016
Simon Coultas

Fabulous with Wagyu rib eye and green pepper sauce

Fabulous with Wagyu rib eye and green pepper sauce

Aug 16th, 2015