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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Elderton Ode to Lorraine 2008

Caveat: this was a leftover sample from tasting in the trade so I'm not entirely sure how long it had been open for when I got my mitts on it.

Lorraine is the mother of Elderton proprietors, the Ashmead brothers Allister and Cameron.   A blend of the best portions of wine made each year: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Shiraz and a touch of Merlot (8%).  Generous, fruitsome wine with hints of coffee/ mocha and Casis.  Smooth, plush, more blackcurrant/ cassis in the body, a hint of spice.  

Tannin is fine with supporting black pepper.  Generous spice-flecked, comfortable finish.  Saw another review that stated, for all this wine's quality it lacked a bit of x-factor.  My own thought was similar, thinking it rather "missionary" in its positioning.  Yeh it has some spice, but all up it's just too clean and comfortable.  Score? 90 - Good

Source: Leftover sample from trade
Price: $50
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap


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