Singapore Elderton Command Vertical 2016

Recently Wine Exchange Asia held a vertical of Elderton Single Vineyard Command Barossa Valley Shiraz where we were lucky enough to taste a vertical of vintages 1999 through 2007 inclusive.

I am a big fan of Command and Elderton wines, so was really looking forward to this. It was an interesting night, made more so because of a fire in Boat Quay on the day of the tasting, which meant a late change of venue. Both Wine Exchange Asia and the venue, Boomerang, did a great job to accommodate the late change of notice.

And now for the wine!

The Wine

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1 Name: Elderton Command Single Vineyard
Vintage: 1999
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: %
Colour: Dusty brick
Aroma: Subdued nose, hints of plum and spice aromas
Palate: Uninteresting at first, then smooth and balanced, then lifeless
Tannin: Subtle
Finish: Medium-long

Comment: At first this was a bit lifeless, but with a bit of time it opened up to show its quality, unfortunately it fell off again after short while. Possibly the bottle as my own bottles of this that I have had this year were great once they had opened up
2 Name: Elderton Command Single Vineyard
Vintage: 2000
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: %
Colour: Dusty dull crimson
Aroma: Mix of vanilla, blackberry and hint of oak aroma
Palate: Medium-bodied
Tannin: Subtle
Finish: Medium - long

Comment: It was ok, not great.
3 Name: Elderton Command Single Vineyard
Vintage: 2001
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: %
Colour: Youthful deep ruby
Aroma: Pleasant combo of blackberry, plum and a hint of spice and vanilla aromas
Palate: Medium-bodied, balanced, decent structure
Tannin: Subtle
Finish: Medium-long

Comment: Nice wine, had a bit of heat on the finish.
4 Name: Elderton Command Single Vineyard
Vintage: 2002
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: %
Colour: Dull deep ruby
Aroma: Pleasant mix of blackberry, plum and spice with a hint of vanilla
Palate: Medium/full bodied, balanced
Tannin: Smooth
Finish: Long

Comment: Getting better, enjoyed the smooth tannins and balanced palate
5 Name: Elderton Command Single Vineyard
Vintage: 2003
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Youthful deep crimson
Aroma: Enjoyable combo of plum, blackberry, spice and maybe a little mocha aromas
Palate: Full-bodied, structured, balanced
Tannins: Smooth
Finish: Long

Comment: Now we are talking, this vintage has improved since I last tried it. Needed time to open up and had a bit of heat on the finish, which detracted from the rest of the wine
6 Name: Elderton Command Single Vineyard
Vintage: 2004
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: %
Colour: Youthful deep crimson
Aroma: Mixture of blackberry, vanilla and spice aromas
Palate: Medium/full bodied
Tannin: Savoury
Finish: Medium-long

Comment: Another nice wine, but was hoping for more. A good wine to drink, but not a star
7 Name: Elderton Command Single Vineyard
Vintage: 2005
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Youthful deep purple
Aroma: Combination of plum, blackberry, vanilla and spice aromas
Palate: Medium / full bodied, balanced
Tannin: Savoury / smooth
Finish: Long

Comment: Did not wow me, think that this wine still has a fair bit of evolution to go, hopefully. Patience required
8 Name: Elderton Command Single Vineyard
Vintage: 2006
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: %
Colour: Youthful deep ruby
Aroma: Pleasant mix of cherry and spice aromas
Palate: Full / medium-bodied, structured, balanced
Tannin: Smooth / savoury
Finish: Long

Comment: This wine has the traits to evolve into something special, patience is needed.
9 Name: Elderton Command Single Vineyard
Vintage: 2007
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: %
Colour: Youthful mid-light ruby
Aroma: Mix of cherry, blackberry and vanilla aromas
Palate: Medium / light bodied
Tannin: Evolving
Finish: Medium

Comment: I was disappointed with the vintage, gets some great reviews, but I found that it is still immature and needs, hopefully, more time to evolve. Reminded me of a heavier style Pinot Noir

Whilst I was a bit disappointed with some of the wines, I think that, with patience, that a number of these wines will improve (at least I hope so) and will live up to expectations.

My picks of the night:

  • 2003 Elderton Command Single Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz
  • 2002 Elderton Command Single Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz
  • 2006 Elderton Command Single Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz

Robert Rees of Wine Exchange Asia reviews the Elderton Command Vertical

Wine Reviews

Cheers!

Thanks to winehouse.com.au for the images, mine were not that good!

 

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