Our parents were among the earliest pioneers to promote the excellence of old-vine Barossa Valley Shiraz. The Command block is the oldest on the Elderton estate, established in 1894, and remains one of the most important vineyards planted in Australia. The Elderton Command Shiraz has established an enviable reputation since its first vintage in 1984. The Command vineyard always produces standout Shiraz fruit, and we take immense care in the winery to ensure it becomes a rich, age-worthy wine that continues to highlight its distinct terroir for many years to come. The Command is an expression of place and one of which the family intends to preserve for generations to come. It is truly one of Australia’s best and most highly regarded icon wines.
The fruit was harvested by hand, with five small parcels harvested over five weeks to attain complex nuances. 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 and American puncheons with further aging for at least 30 months.
"Wears its heart on its sleeve, but there's no shame in that when it has a proud record of success for its opulent purple and black fruits and deft oak handling. " - 97 points, Halliday's Wine Companion 2020