2010 Elderton Ashmead Grand Tourer Shiraz
Barossa Valley, South Australia
93+ WA; 96 JH
$67.49 as part of a mixed case.
"Grown from a single block on the Elderton Estate with the use of biodynamic methods, we believe this wine is something completely different and unexpected from Elderton, but sits perfectly within our premise to gain recognition for premier single vineyard wines. Fermented in our waxed open fermenters with heading boards and pressed early straight to new French oak hogsheads, for 12 months on gross lees. Blackberry & bramble fruit with hints of bready yeast characters, full rich palate & great length, dominated by black forest berries whilst retaining freshness. 13.5% alc."
"93+ pts ... The 2010 Neil Ashmead Grand Tourer Shiraz has a deep garnet-purple color and a fragrant potpourri, kirsch and black berry aromas with a very spicy, pepper and anise undercurrent. Medium to full-bodied and nicely poised in the soft, silken textured mouth, it has a long layered finish. Approachable now, it should drink best 2014 to 2022+."
"96 pts ... Clear scarlet-red; made from the oldest vines on the Elderton vineyard; the bouquet is particularly fragrant, the elegant and lively medium-bodied palate delivering the same red and black berry fruit message; the tannins and oak have been well-handled, making this a great example of where the Barossa should head. Six-speed gear box on top of the capsule is a great logo. Drink through 2030."
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