Elderton Ashmead Barossa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

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119.84 SGD
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Vintage 2002
Category Red Wine
Region Australia
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Volume 750ml

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. "Silky texture and a very sweet entry allied with luscious spicy notes and firm acidity. Great winemaking and made to last!" -Wine & Spirit
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%.

Wine Avocate – 92 Points
The single vineyard 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Ashmead is one of Barossa’s finest Cabernets. An inky/purple color is accompanied by notes of graphite, black currants, dried herbs, and cedar. Rich, full, layered, and impressively endowed, it possesses plenty of grip and tannin. It has handled its three-year aging in new oak beautifully. A connoisseur’s favorite, this 2002 should hit its prime in 3-5 years, and last for 15 or more.

Jeremy Oliver Rating – 93 Points
A deeply accentuated, heady nd minty aroma of dark olives an plums, cassis and menthol, backed by nuances of graphite and iodide. Medium to full in weight, it's concentrated but surprisingly elegant and polished, even finely crafted nd restrained. It easily carries its choclate/vanilla oak, while there's just a hint of current about its brambly fruit. Framed by firmish, but velvet-smooth tannins.

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