Emanating from Australia, this “Super Rhône” blend is a new concept in California as we see the two wines blending together to transform into a softer, more exotic, style of wine.
By blending our gold medal winning Shiraz with our gold-medal winning Cabernet Sauvignon, we have created a beautifully seductive, modern wine that combines some of the best qualities of the great wines of Bordeaux, the Rhône and Australia.
Max Schubert, a pioneering Australian winemaker who is best known as the creator of Australia's most iconic wine - Grange Hermitage.
- "We must not be afraid to put into effect the strength of our own convictions, continue to use our imagination in winemaking and be prepared to experiment in order to gain something extra, different and unique in the world of wine."
Bill put his convictions and imagination into making Elate in the style of an Australian Grange. From the first experimental vintage in 2008 Elate Grange Cuvée has been a fine homage to one of the world's most iconic wines.
Bill took his home-country Australian model to a higher level by using ultra-premium mountain fruit and careful vinification then blending a lush blackberry character of Cabernet Sauvignon with the energy of the slightly peppery character of Shiraz resulting in a fusion of wonderful flavors.
Our Shiraz, made from ripe grapes is more fruit-driven, slightly higher in alcohol and less tannic. It has a nice pepper note and is easily approached when young. With the added lively, rich flavors of plums, blackberry vanilla and tobacco found in our Seduce Cabernet Sauvignon, Elate becomes an exciting wine.
The blend softens the concentration of the Cabernet, opening it up to the opulent Shiraz fruit resulting in a more voluptuous mouth feel with the promise of added complexity with age.
Elate ~ to be in high spirits; exultant or proud;
Grange ~ a farmhouse with various farm buildings, usually the dwelling of a gentleman farmer;
Cuvée ~ used to indicate a blended wine of exceptional quality. It is a derivative of the word “Cuverie” which is the French term for the building housing the fermentation vats of a winery. In the Rhone Valley it indicates a cross-appellation wine blend.