Command Shiraz - 750ml
Single Vineyard Information
Planted on the banks of the North Para River to assure its long term survival, in alluvial river flat soils over red and brown clay based earths, the vineyard today is surrounded by the growing township of Nuriootpa.
|Clone||Unknown, own roots|
|Vine Age||Planted circa 1894, classed as a centenarian block by the Barossa Old Vine Charter|
|Soil||Deep alluvial silt over red and brown earths and limestone|
|Rainfall||Long term average - 478.3 mm 2009/10 season - 515 mm|
|Spacing||Vine spacing 1.5m, row width 3m. East to West row direction|
|Yields||1-2 tonnes per hectare|
|Maturation||30 months in American and French oak|
97 points - Ray Jordan, The West Weekend 5&6 April 2014
This truly excellent example of Barossa shiraz comes from vines planted in 1894 and from one of the great vintages of the region. Deeply complex, with dark fruits and a decent splash of well-weighted oak. Blackberry and licorice, spices and dark chocolate are all in this wonderful statement of the best in the Barossa, delivered with a degree of finesse and style.
95 points - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly #165 June 2015
In the quarter-century over which these 1894 planted vines have been bottled as Command, 2010 will go down among the greats. True to its name, this vintage makes for a commanding Barossa Shiraz of impenetrable layers of red and black fruits, spice, dark chocolate and red liquorice becoming faintly gamey. It upholds exacting balance for its considerable proportions, with a bright fruit edge holding prominence from start to very long finish, controlled by fine, supple, well contained tannins.
95 points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate #211 Feb 2014 Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Command Shiraz shows off pronounced blueberries and dark chocolate aromas laced with Szechuan pepper and Chinese Five Spice plus a touch of menthol. Full-bodied, very structured and still showing the oak, the palate is fresh, very clean and pure with plenty of spice lingering in the long finish.
95 points - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014
Medium crimson-purple, the hue good, although not particularly deep; a very elegant and refined shiraz that fully lives up to its reputation; fragrant red and black fruits have a garland of spicy oak on the bouquet, a message that is faithfully reproduced on the long, medium-bodied palate.
94 points - Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age 'Epicure' 4.3.14
Lush Barossa shiraz smelling of jammy berries, plums, spices and coconut chocolates. The profound, ripe, velvety palate is powerful yet friendly, supported by integrated soft tannins.
94 points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front 17.3.14
Blackberry, plum, dried mint and aniseed, spice, toast and coffee. Full bodied, not heavy especially, with an almost silky web of tannin and quite pronounced acidity. Toasty coconut oak is, of course, a large player in the flavour profile of the wine, though the perky and pure fruit of the boysenberry and blackberry persuasion carries it along without much complain. Long and slightly saline in the aftertaste, and if you’ll humour me, it kind of feels very clearly drawn. Probably will cellar for as long as you want to keep it.
2010 was mild year with a few hot weeks but harvest close to normal. The fruit was harvested by hand, with five small parcels harvested over four weeks to attain complex nuances. Fermented in open top concrete fermenters with chilled ferments, hand pump-overs and cap submerging with oak header boards for eight days; the process finished with barrel ferment and malolactic fermentation in new French & American puncheons. Aromas of blackberry fruit, aniseed and spices carry through to the palate which is rich, warm and generous. - Richard Langford
|Style||Rich, warm and generous|
|Colour||Very dark purple with bright magenta hues|
|Aroma||Blackberry fruit, aniseed and spices|
|Palate||Aromas of blackberry fruit, aniseed and spices carry through to the palate which is rich, warm and generous|
|Drink||now til 2030|