Based in the town of Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley, Elderton Wines was created by Neil and Lorraine Ashmead in 1980. The property itself was first planted to vine in 1894 by a pioneer family of German descent. In 1916 it was sold to Samuel Elderton Tolley, who built a large homestead. By the time the Ashmead’s purchased the property, most of the 29 hectares vines were overgrown and neglected. It took Neil and Lorraine three years to rehabilitate the vineyard and release their first vintage. Since 2003 the winery has been managed by their sons, Cameron and Allister, who purchased additional vineyards in Craneford and Greenock. Their top wine, the Elderton Command Shiraz, is an icon of the Australian wine industry.
This Chardonnay blended from their Nuriootpa & Greenock blocks has been made to show the rich ripe characters of Barossa Chardonnay without the complication of oak. Medium straw and light gold in color, this Chardonnay offers aromas of peach, melon and mango. On the palate, it is medium bodied, crisp and subtle.