2005 Elderton "Ode to Lorraine" Cabernet-Shiraz-Merlot Barossa Valley South Australia
(Ranked #16 in the Top 100 Wines of 2008) Rich, focused and superbly concentrated to show off its intense, rosemary-accented black cherry, plum and blueberry flavors, riding smoothly on a dense, generous frame that feels plush and seductive, yet the flavors come through transparently. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Drink now through 2017. (Web 2008)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby color. Explosively perfumed, sexy bouquet of ripe red and dark berries, incense and oak spices. Supple cherry-vanilla and black raspberry flavors coat the palate and are enlivened by tangy minerals and rose pastille. Gains depth and sweetness with air, finishing with outstanding breadth and persistence. Very appealing now but has the depth to age.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The purple-colored 2005 Ode to Lorraine is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Shiraz, and 14% Merlot. The attractive nose exhibits smoke, spice box, cassis, black currant, and blueberry leading to a smooth-textured, easygoing, forward wine with plenty of spicy fruit and incipient complexity. Drink this seamless effort over the next eight years.