Elderton Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Like the Command block, which is an amazing resource to the Elderton Estate, the Ashmead block has consistently produced small parcels of excellent quality fruit. The vineyard was almost destroyed in 1997 to make way for higher yielding vines, however the family made the decision to promote the vineyard to a higher destiny – thus the Ashmead.

The 2015 is the sixteenth release of this unparalleled wine, and is a superior example of Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon aged in a mix of new French Oak Hogsheads from about 8 different coopers. The Elderton Estate is not unfamiliar with premium Cabernets, having won more than 8 trophies for this varietal including the 1993 Jimmy Watson Trophy.

The Elderton Vineyard was originally planted in 1894 by Samuel Elderton Tolley. Shiraz was the predominant variety planted; however in the early 1940's, Samuel decided to diversify and thus established some of the earliest planted Cabernet Sauvignon in the Barossa Valley.

There are two blocks on the property that we believe to be planted in the 1940s, and both of these offer an outstanding viticultural resource to Elderton. Year in, year out, they both manage to produce an outstanding quality (albeit very small) crop of densely coloured and richly flavoured grapes. Today, we believe them to be amongst some of the oldest plantings anywhere in the world.

Unfortunately, it is suffering greatly from the vine disease Eutypa (commonly known as dead arm), which has no known cure. As a result of this, yields are always naturally low; always less than a tonne an acre, and more often as low as half a tonne per acre.

In 1997 the family sat down to discuss the viability of the block, as it was questionable at best. However, the saving grace was simply the pure brilliance of the fruit. It was, and is, always the standout Cabernet block on the property. The decision was therefore taken to reward the excellence of the single sites from the 1998 vintage, with a single vineyard release, named the ‘Ashmead’. The concept was, and still is, to take all time and cost pressures out of winemaking. The Ashmead family wanted to show the world that Australia, the Barossa and certainly Elderton, can produce a world renowned and distinguished Cabernet Sauvignon.

"The hand harvested fruit was fermented in open top concrete fermenters with chilled ferments, hand pump-overs and cap submerging with oak header boards for eight days; the process finished with barrel ferment and malolactic fermentation in new French oak. The nose shows dark chocolate and black fruits and olives, with the palate continuing the theme, showing these typical Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon characters, giving weight and generosity to the wine. Ripe tannins add structure while being supple and mouth watering." - Richard Langford - Winemaker

The wine shows cassis, mint and licorice with a rich chocolatey finish. The palate continues the theme of the aromas, showing these typical Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon characters, giving weight and generosity to the wine. Ripe tannins add structure while being supple and mouth watering.

Reviews & Accolades

2018 Barossa Winemaker of the Year - Barons of the Barossa - Awarded to Richard Langford

Barons of the Barossa - Inductees Winemaker Julie Ashmead & Co-Managing Director Cameron Ashmead.

"A deep crimson edging on opaque, this wine brims with cabernet's varietal stash of attributes: currant and a swag of dark plum, dried sage, bouquet garni and a gentle lilt of grassiness. At first gentle and massaged by the sheer density of flavour, the tannins-grape and classy French oak-grow in stature as the wine opens; with well handled acidity levels serving as an echo chamber, drawing the flavours back across the senses. While corpulent, this wine's sheer mass is impeccably tucked in at the seams. To be slowly unravelled by time. From vines planted in '44."
96 Points - Ned Goodwin MW, James Halliday Wine Companion 2018

"Red Ripe, juicy blackberry and cherry flavors are generous and plump, with shadings of vanilla, toast and cedar. Notes of black licorice, espresso and Black Forest cake add an unctuous accent to the finish. The tannins are smooth and velvety. Drink now through 2027."
Wine Spectator

Additional Information

Case Qty 12
ABV 14.5
Category Red
Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2015
Free Shipping No
Country of Manufacture Australia
Region Barossa Valley
State South Australia
Dozen Buy $1,055.88
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price $94.99

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