Connoisseurs Classic, notes from an Epic Wine Evening #7

Epic Wine:

Elderton Command Shiraz 2003  WS- 93
Nose: Black pepper, leather
Palate: Glycerin, tannin, muscle, black cherry, plum
Finish: Rich vanilla

Winemakers notes:

100% Old Vine Barossa Valley Shiraz
Color: Very dark purple with bright magenta hues.
Nose: Showing lovely seductive chocolate, violet and delicious oak characters.
Palate: Big, ripe and powerful, but ultimately seductive, offering velvety texture and rich plum, dark chocolate and pepper flavours thatecho beautifully as the finish sails on and on.
Alcohol: 14.5 % Alc/Vol
Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz 2003 from the Barossa Valley Region in Australia

Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz 2003 from the Barossa Valley Region in Australia


The Elderton Command Shiraz has established an enviable reputation since the first vintage in 1984. It is truly one of Australia’s best and most highly regarded Icon wines. Accolades have come from the world over for vintages such as the 1992, which was chosen by the influential wine critic Robert Parker in his U.S. magazine the ‘Wine Advocate’ as one of the world’s top 80 wines. The 1995 Command was awarded 95 points by ‘Wine Spectator’ and placed in their top 100 wines, the 2000 was awarded 97 points by the same magazine and placed 27 in their top 100 and the 1996 Command won the trophy for the best Shiraz in the world at the London International Wine and Spirit Competition, which Elderton’s principal – Lorraine Ashmead believes ratifies her plans, aspirations and expectations to produce a great wine of the world.


Use of open fermenters, with header down boards, for typically 5-6 days. Long-term maturation (almost 3 years, starting off in new American & new French oak puncheons and then transferred into older oak after about one year) and 12 months bottle age prior to release, make this quality wine complex and balanced with long term cellaring potential.


The Elderton Command Shiraz grapes are grown on a selected portion of the Elderton Estate vineyard, from vines planted in 1894. Grown on rich river silt soils and red brown earth over limestone, in a Mediterranean climate, with cropping levels less than 4 tonnes per hectare. 2004 was a dream year viticulturally, with mild and dry, summer conditions continuing all the way through to early late autumn. The strength and magnificence of these vines shines effortlessly through in the quality of what is in the bottle .

WineGuyMike comments:

What can I say, it was a great wine, a great evening, at a great wine event. From my table to yours.


New Fresh & Easy Promo: Drink Wine, Save Trees

March 14, 2010

In recognition of this year’s Earth Day, Tesco’s Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is running a wine promotion in which, for each bottle of award-winning ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc Wine purchased at Fresh & Easy, American Forests, a Washington-based nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental restoration, will plant a tree in areas devastated by wildfires.

“At Fresh & Easy, we try to reduce our impact on the environment in everything we do, so it just makes sense to keep that in mind when it comes to the wine we offer,” said Karen Fletcher, wine category manager at El Segundo, Calif.-based Fresh & Easy, a division of U.K. grocer Tesco. “We partnered with ONEHOPE so we can provide our customers with a high-quality, affordable wine that also helps make our neighborhoods a little greener.”

Fresh & Easy launched ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc blend last Earth Day with Sonoma Wine Co., using sustainable wine-growing practices. Last year, American Forests planted more than 3,200 new trees as a result of customer purchases. The Graton, Calif.-based winery is a member of the Sonoma County Green Business Program and the Wine Institute’s Sustainable Winegrowing Program.

Fresh & Easy’s ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc was developed to offer a crisp, dry white taste, with flavors of passionfruit and guava. The medium-bodied, smooth varietal pairs well with pasta. Last year, it won a Silver Medal at the 2008 Long Beach Grand Cru International Wine Competition. The wine retails for $9.99 per 750-milliliter bottle.

Fresh & Easy currently operates 146 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada.