Zinfandel Barossa South Australia
Elderton is a baronial Barossa estate of historical significance. The first vines were planted in 1904 by Samuel Elderton Tolley with a view to supplying local wineries. Elderton's wineworks were originally built and operated as a cannery before being converted by the Penfolds company into a functioning winemaking and storage facility. Elderton's Zinfandel is sourced from a newer site in the superlative Barossa appellation of Greenock and from a highly specialised Zinfandel vineyard in the higher altitudes of the cooler clime Eden Valley.
There are two vineyards of interest for Elderton's Zinfandel. One is on a hard rocky outcrop on the edge of the Sturt highway near Greenock, where yields average 1 to 1½ tonnes per acre. The difficult conditions have produced excellent varietal characters in the grapes. The second site is in the Eden Valley where the cool nights encourage elegant characters and fine tannins, adding further complexity to the final wine. Harvested at the end of vintage, late in the morning after the fog has lifted and the dew has dried. Matured in a combination of French oak hogsheads for ten months to completely integrate the fruit flavours whilst developing good balance and fine length. Alcohol 15.0%
An inky dark purple. A nose of cherries, cinnamon and plum. A medium bodied palate with a solid core of, plum and polished tannins. A classic, varietal and enjoyable Zinfandel, great with spare ribs and all pork dishes.