2005 Elderton "Command" Single Vineyard Shiraz Barossa Valley

SKU #1046938 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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.  (2/ 2009)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 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.  (10/ 2008)

94 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (8/ 2009)

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By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/16/2009  | Send Email
This is unlike any other Shiraz I've ever had from Australia! It's over the top in all the right ways you wish Barossa Shiraz could always be. This gem is from a 160-year-old vineyard that makes this wine shine with its hedonistic, layered mouthfeel, flavors of smoked leather, cherries and cocoa, and its finish is full of lingering rustic beauty. Grab a loved one and devour.

 By: Neil Maiers-Wine Expedition |  Review Date: 2/15/2010 
This wine is inky purple, with strong aromas of juicy blackberry, raspberry and blueberry intertwined with a smoky tinge of lavender and vanilla. It's thick and rich and chewy- like biting into a big piece of blackberry pie; except this pie's sweet, complex filling is laced with chocolate, licorice, spices and a dash of pepper. Silky tannins and a mile-long finish add to the glory of this wine. Sublime.

 By: Joe White |  Review Date: 12/3/2009 
A very nice wine even now. I tasted 40 or so reds on a recent Barossa valley tour and this wine was the best I had.

 By: Jon Gillespie-Brown |  Review Date: 11/28/2009 
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Superb. Even at only 4 years old this wine is majestic, well balanced and an excellent example of a shiraz style wine. The price and quality make this a bargain and the wine will ast for many years yet. I have bought a load!

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley