Like the Command block, the Ashmead block has consistently produced small parcels of excellent quality fruit. The Elderton Vineyard, originally planted by the Scholz family in 1894, was planted predominantly with Shiraz; however in the early 1940s, Samuel Elderton Tolley decided to diversify and thus established some of the earliest planted Cabernet Sauvignon in the Barossa Valley. 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. Despite low yields, Ashmead is always the standout Cabernet block on the property, and from the 1998 vintage, we began to bottle it separately as a single vineyard release.
The 2015 Ashmead Cabernet belies the notion that world-class Cabernet cannot be grown in the Barossa Valley. This wine over its history has been served to world leaders and royalty and it deserves its spot at the table. The 2015 is one to put away in the cellar, as we think the best results will come in the mid to long term.
"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, Halliday’s Wine Companion 2018