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Community Tasting Notes (21) Avg Score: 92.6 points

  • A single vineyard from a reputable producer in South Australia, this 20 years old Shiraz from Barossa Valley is showing apparent signs of deterioration. After being opened and poured for 2 hours, the fruit level remains low with only noticeable vanilla oak type of secondary flavour showing. The perceived apparent mouth feel of alcohol suggests it has past its best. With my given optimum index as -60%, which this means that the same bottle would have been at its best maturity state if it was drank 3-4 years back. Now i should go for those in the early 20s! #elderton #commandshiraz

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  • It's true! This wine is one you can hang onto for 20 years. A more and more rare opportunity these days of aging on the way home from the store in the car. Shared with Dear Old Dad (and Aussie Shiraz fan, but he typically drinks boxed wine). This one had compacted down to the essence of smoke, minerals, baked chocolate, and only a hint of dark fruit (plums?). Amazing aged wine experience.

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  • Quality wine, sure, but it's the more professional and slightly more boring older brother of the 1998. This is on the downward slope.

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  • Not sure it isn't past its prime, but has all of the classic elements of Elderton.

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  • Still a very dark purple for an almost 17 year old. Really aromatic - licorice allsorts and dark fruits on the nose. Similar in the mouth, but with chocolate and some herbs poking through after some time in the decanter. Not overly complex but thick and decadent. If you don't like licorice bullets though, you'll probably want to give this a miss. Interesting. Drinking well now, but no rush. Who said Command doesn't age?

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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/21/2009, (See more on 92 points

    (Elderton Shiraz Single Vineyard Command) Group's #1 (my #3) – 17 pts; 4 1st place votes, 3 2nd place votes, 2 thirds, 0 last places – dark red violet color with pale meniscus; blackberry, berry, sage, sweet green herbs nose; big, tightish, blackberry, berry, sweet green herb palate; long finish 92+ pts.

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