2006 Hospice du Rhone – Part 4


Recently named one of the top 100 vineyards in the world, Australia’s Elderton Estate comprises about 72 acres of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in 14 blocks, with the majority of vines between 40 and 100 years old. This age, combined with mostly dry farming, is the basis for producing rich, concentrated fruit. Established in 1979, the Ashmead family (Neil & Lorraine Ashmead) purchased a large Barossa Estate for what was at the time, a song, “if they bought the house, they could have the vineyard for nothing.”

Join us as we hear from brothers, Allister and Cameron Ashmead, and winemaker Richard Langford about the wines from this well-known Barossa estate.

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Wines poured:

2004 Elderton “Friends” Shiraz – Barossa
1998 Elderton Shiraz – Barossa
2001 Elderton Shiraz – Barossa
2004 Elderton Shiraz – Barossa
1994 Elderton “Command” Shiraz – Barossa
2002 Elderton “Command” Shiraz – Barossa
2004 Elderton “Command” Shiraz – Barossa
2005 Elderton Fortified Vintage Shiraz – Barossa

Elderton Wines: www.eldertonwines.com.au

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57 Responses to “2006 Hospice du Rhone – Part 4”

  1. 1 John Lowery Jan 30th, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    Airen is the most widely planted wine grape in the world (Spain)

  2. 2 RyanP Jan 30th, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Prunes were the primary fruit crop in Napa Valley during the 1940’s.

  3. 3 Ryan Mullins Jan 30th, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    When Magellan circumnavigated the globe he spent 60% of all his budget on Sherry. More on Sherry than food, men, or even arms. Now hows that for a great fact!

  4. 4 Luir Cuellar Feb 7th, 2007 at 8:34 am


    Did you guys know the first vineyard and Winery created in the Americas was created in 1597 in Mexico? It is now Called Casa Madero and it is one of the oldest winery in the world that is still working

    Maybe in the future you guys could do a Show on wines from Mexico

    I heard it is the first winery outside Europe but I am not sure about that.

  5. 5 Thomas Huyer Feb 9th, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Wine Fact #1: One must drink wine to taste wine.
    Wine Fact #2: I do not drink wine, however I would like to start – with a good bottle and a good book.

  6. 6 Randy K. Walker Feb 11th, 2007 at 12:09 am

    Vinho Verde is grown on tall root stock.

    The Vinho Verde region (known as the Minho region, after the river that forms the border with Spain) is damp and temperate, with no mountain ranges to shield it from the mild influence of the Atlantic. So damp is it, in fact, that vine growers are forced to train their vines high off the ground to avoid fungal infections aggravated by the wet weather. Although in recently-planted vineyards vines are trained along wires up to two meters above the ground or along double rows of wires with wooden cross-piece supports. This way of training can produce huge yields as the foliage rampages along overhanging supports or up into the highest branches.

    Hence the strange sight of harvesters picking grapes up tall ladders at vintage-time, still a common spectacle in Vinho Verde region. This traditional way of cultivating vines was encouraged by legislation – still in force as recently as the 1974 revolution – which dated from the introduction of maize in Portugal during the sixteenth century.

  7. 7 Tommy Z Feb 11th, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    Generally speaking, Americans serve their red wines too warm and their white wines too cold. Apply the 30 minute rule. Place your red wine in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so, and take out white wines 30 minutes before serving. If all else fails, drink your wine at YOUR favorite temp.

    Keep up the great work.

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