Elderton Friends Shiraz, 2004
Barossa Valley, South Australia, $128, stelvin seal
I like Elderton wines. I tried a selection earlier in the year at the Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show and was impressed. The grapes used to produce this wine are sourced from growers the Ashmeads use around the Barossa and to quote both Joe Cocker and the back of the label; "sometimes you need a little help from your friends". It is 95% Shiraz with a 5% wack of Mataro (Mouvedre), sealed under a lovely screw-top and well packaged with an embossed black label.
It's a magnificent deep colour that gives a hint of things to come. The nose is intense and bursting with rich fruit; there's plenty of plums, but also sweet raspberries and a little hint of vanilla oak. The palate has big blackberry and stewed plum flavours with some jammy sweetness and a little dusting of coco in the background. The alcohol is well intergrated and there's soft, powdery tannins. An attractive and drinkable wine, packed with lucious fruit and good value at $128.
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