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Elderton Ode to Lorraine Cab-Shiraz-Merlot 2016/17

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The winemaking team at Elderton believe this is truly the hidden gem in the Elderton portfolio of premium reds. A Cabernet/Shiraz/Merlot blend was added to our portfolio from the 1992 vintage. It was a belief that through blending only the best parcels of fruit from the Elderton vineyard, a truly wondrous and complete wine could be made that showed the highlights of the three grape varieties.
 
The decision was made from the 2002 vintage onwards for the wine to be renamed (from CSM) in honour of co-founder of Elderton Wines, Lorraine Ashmead. This wine is dedicated to a woman who is greatly admired in the Barossa for her passion, dedication and commitment to not only Elderton, but to all the wondrous things our beautiful valley produces.
 
A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Shiraz and 7% Merlot aged in French oak, 40% new, for 24 months. Midnight black core with a deep dark red hue. Aromas of blackcurrant and dark plum rise out of the glass intermingling with liquorice, vanillin cedar, subtle tobacco and spicy dried herbs along the way. Rich, silky ripe blackcurrant, dark plum and liquorice fruits are layered across the palate underscored by cedary tobacco characters, light earth and bay leaf. Spicy finish with velvety yet well-constructed tannins. The rich, amply fruited aftertaste both long and refined.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.