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Barossa day 1

Lunch and tasting at Elderton, with the esteemed Alistair Ashmead.

The new cellar door is amazing with a huge roaring fireplace and exceptional fit out, keeping a lovely heritage feel in a well thought out and modern tasting room.

It was Alistair’s family’s home, originally owned by the Tolley family, with a nod to the Tolleys with the smoking room kitted out with a myriad of collectables and an amazing 1920s aerial photo of Nuriootpa.

The wines were superb as expected. With new winemaking team of Jules and Brock taking the reins, after Richard moved to 2 Hands.

The Eden Valley Riesling release was steely, mineral, but huge floral notes on the nose and Lemon lime flavours.

The Chardonnay showed great character and some textural notes. An easy drinking wine.

The reds were all outstanding with the Estate GSM being a standout, only overshadowed by the Ashmead Cab and the Command Shiraz.

Then out came 2 wines I hadn’t seen.

Western Ridge Shiraz, a fruit forward wine showing excellent complexity and balance, with lovely chocolate finish.

And the 15. This is their super premium Shiraz. Not a Command Plus but it’s own wine, massive depth of colour, huge intensity of fruit, powerful rich and exceptional.

From there we went to Soul Growers…..

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