The nose is already quite impressive, showing lemon skin, grapefruit, honeysuckle, and pear, with a “rusty” savoury type of edge. The palate shows boundless energy, fine tannin and trademark towering acidity. It’s the type of wine that builds in the mouth, revealing more of itself, unfolding, cascading.
Chris and Suzaan Alheit truly represent some of what is cool and new in South Africa. They work with some very old vineyards, using no sulphur or intervention in the fermentation, elevage is exclusively in neutral oak, and the wines are rich, textured, and very age-worthy.
Based in the Barossa, Elderton is owned by the Ashmead Family, and despite the vineyards going back to the 19th century, the real story is the amazing work that has happened in the last 40 years. The family continues to grow, acquiring some of the oldest vines in the region and producing stunning examples of classic Barossa Shiraz and Cabernet as well as other varieties.
Bruce Tyrrell is a godfather of wine in the Hunter Valley of Australia. Producing some of the most ageworthy wines in the world (Hunter Valley Semillon is like Benjamin Button, it never really gets older, in fact, it seems to get younger in the bottle). The wines are a crazy value from a family that has been in the region since the mid 1850s.