ELDERTON 'ODE TO LORRAINE'
background: 60% cabernet, 33% shiraz, 7% merlot "abundant winter rain and a mild spring allowed for healthy canopy growth and fruit set for the 2017 vintage. our ode to lorraine is a blend of old vine cabernet and shiraz with a touch of merlot, all from our nuriootpa vineyard. fruit is fermented in open cement vats and pressed off to a combination of new and 1-2 year old french oak for malolactic fermentation and development over 2 years. this is elderton’s play on the australian classic blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. careful barrel selection and blending ensures a balance of freshness and spice from the dominant cabernet sauvignon and fleshy fruit from shiraz with merlot helping to seamlessly bring the wine together. a great wine to age, the ode to lorraine is also super attractive as a youngster." - jules ashmead and brock harrison tasting note: "abundant red fruit on the palate, with spice and just a hint of leather. a powerful mouthful of fruit with a distinctive silken tannin line to finish, owing to the structural tannins of the old vine cabernet sauvignon component"