2019 Elderton Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon

Barossa Valley, SA

A premium example of noble Cabernet Sauvignon, hailing from ancient vines in the Barossa. Smooth, rich & decadent.



This stakes its claim on quality firmly and squarely.

Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

About the Wine

Elderton is a family affair, run by the Ashmead family since its inception. Their eponymous premium Cabernet Sauvignon is a firmly structured wine, but keeps in balance with smoothness and a bit of herbaceous freshness.

The little Cabernet Sauvignon fruits from 75+ year old vines were hand harvested, fermented in open concrete fermenters, then pressed - the juice then spent 18 months in new French oak hogsheads and puncheons, went through full malolactic fermentation and aged further in bottles./

The result? A rich, decadent Cabernet Sauvignon that keeps an air of softness about it, with impeccably integrated oak. Well worth a try for any lover of premium expressions of this variety - or pop it in the cellar if you're the patient type.

About Elderton

The Elderton estate had a rich history before being purchased by Lorraine and Neil Ashmead in 1980 - the vineyard planted in 1894 by German settlers then purchased in 1916 by Samuel Elderton Tolley (who named the estate Elderton), until it eventually became derelict around 1975, in the early years of the vine pull.

The Ashmeads undertook three years of restoration on the estate and in the vineyards, and at the end was the birth of Elderton Wines. The second generation of the Ashmead family, Cameron and Allister, are now running the business, with Julie overseeing viticulture and winemaking. They are passionate about continuing the traditions that their parents began, and about using sustainable practices, in the hopes that the next generation can carry on the legacy.

Three generations of the Ashmead family
Three generations of the Ashmead family
Barossa Valley, SA
Additional Info

From the Producer

Like the Command block, which is an amazing resource to the Elderton Estate, the Ashmead block has consistently produced small parcels of excellent quality fruit. he vineyard was almost destroyed in 1997 to make way for higher yielding vines, however the family made the decision to promote the vineyard to a higher destiny – thus the Ashmead.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
ABV : 14.9%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Old vines on the Elderton estate
Old vines on the Elderton estate
Barossa Valley, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Ashmead by name, command by nature. This stakes its claim on quality firmly and squarely. Dense-but fresh blackcurrant, mint, redcurrant and boysenberry, with cedarwood oak integrated to perfection. It’s slippery-smooth and soft, despite its density; it’s fresh with acidity and licoricey through the finish. It was a hot season but this feels pitch perfect." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"From 75yo estate vines in Nuriootpa. Matured 18 months in new French oak hogsheads and puncheons. Old vines have upheld integrity in crunchy redcurrant and pomegranate fruit, even rosehip lift and red capsicum varietal markers. It holds its ripeness with poise, thanks to a vibrant acid line, joining with confident, medium-grained tannins to sustain a very long aftertaste. Dark chocolate French oak has been well played to build endurance without stealing the limelight. A very strong result for Ashmead in this drought season. Bravo.” - Tyson Stelzer (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Real Review

"Deep, dark and opaquely black colour in the glass. Brooding, dark-fruit aromas of blackberry, mulberry, graphite, cedar, bramble, menthol and dried herbs. Full-flavoured and powerful on the palate, ‘iron fist in velvet glove’ stuff here. Intense, with lashing of dark, cedary fruit, all working very nicely with firm, savoury tannins and lively acidity. A big-time, warmer-climate cabernet done very well." - Aaron Brasher (The Real Review)


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