About The Producer
After time spent working in Saudi Arabia, Neil and Lorraine Ashmead, moved to the Barossa in 1979, after Lorraine’s father identified a beautiful home with potential. The Ashmeads believed this would be a great place to raise their family. The homestead, in the heart of the township of Nuriootpa, was surrounded by extremely old Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. At a time where demand for Australian table wine was negligible, the vineyard had become derelict. After years of no interest, the real estate agent eventually offered the Ashmeads the 72 acre vineyard as a bonus, as part of the sale of the homestead. Three years later, after restoring the vineyard, Elderton Wines was born.
The second generation, Cameron and Allister, took the reins of the business in 2003 and today work together to run Elderton Wines, with Lorraine still involved through her role on the Board. Cameron and Allister believe very strongly in continuing the traditions that began a generation earlier, on the Nuriootpa vineyard. Wanting to take the family company to the next level, they together devised a plan to buy great vineyards in other significant sub appellations of the Barossa. Through using sustainable practices, the hope is that the next generation of the Ashmead family have a lot to work with when they are at the helm.
Overview of the Wine
Elderton make some of the new world's most eminent accords of Cabernet and Shiraz, this time they have taken aim with a collation of the most splendid harvests to assemble a forward drinking, easy to appreciate red wine for everyday enjoyment. E Series is designed as a contemporary and uncomplicated approach to the great Aussie Shiraz Cabernet style. The E stands for five key elements that are central to the winemaking and viticultural practices at Elderton. Enjoyment and elegance, ergonomic and economic, with the accent on environment.
Shiraz and Cabernet from fine vineyards are harvested and brought quickly to the winery to ensure that fresh fruit characters are captured and retained within the finished wine. Supplementary irrigation and strict canopy management enable the fruit to reach rich, generously flavoured baumes of 14 to14.5. Grapes are crushed, destemmed and treated to six days temperature controlled vinification in overhead potter fermenting vessels. Upon completion, the wine is transferred into a selection of prior use American oak puncheons for ten months maturation, where it develops complex yet delicate vanilla and coconut characters whilst remaining essentialy a fruit driven Shiraz Cabernet. Alcohol 14.5%
Grape / Blend
90% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Mid to full bodied, classic Australian blend. The color is deep purple. There are aromas and flavors of plum, cherry, cassis and hints of vanilla.
A perfect match with pizza, pasta or a great accompaniment to the classic Aussie BBQ with good mates.
90 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple, the 2014 Shiraz Cabernet E Series is a blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that opens to a very spicy nose of cloves, vanilla and cinnamon stick with a baked blueberry core. The medium-bodied palate offers tons of spicy fruit that is deftly framed by velvety tannins before finishing long.
Product size: 750ml