Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa South Australia
Elderton know what it takes to make Australia's best Cabernet Sauvignon, having claimed multiple trophies including the 1993 Jimmy Watson. The Ashmead block has consistently produced small parcels of outstanding quality fruit. Traditionally the wines from this site are blended into the Estate range, however in 1998 Lorraine Ashmead realized the excellence of fruit and released it as a pure single vineyard wine.
Elderton Vineyard was planted in 1904 by Samuel Elderton Tolley, acquired by the Ashmead family in the late 1970s it started producing labelled bottled estate wine from the 1982 harvest. The vineyard was almost destroyed in 1997 to make way for higher yielding vines, however the decision was made to promote the vineyard to a higher destiny – thus the Ashmead. An unknown clone of Cabernet on it's own rootstock, most likely G9V3, planted in 1944, grown to deep alluvial silts over limestone, yielding one to two tonnes per hectare. Ashmead is the most elite expression Barossa Cabernet, aged for thirty months, racked thrice, mainly in a selection of predominantly French oak puncheons. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep purple/ black in colour. A nose of rich ripe fruit, solid toasty oak and aromatic spice aromas. Virulent bouquets of mint and of dark olives, plums and cassis, roast smoky meats and menthol. Deliciously rich and concentrated, Ashmead offers impeccable balance and plenty of mocha, blackberry and plum fruit which are all supported by firm and favourable tannins. You can have it today as it's already spent time developing in bottle, optimal ageing is between five and twenty years.