Elate Grange Cuvee 2011
In making Elate Bill wanted to produce a wine in the style of an Australian Grange. From our first experimental vintage in 2008 our Elate Grange Cuvée has been a fine homage to one of the world's most prestigious iconic wines. Primarily Shiraz driven with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Elate is a beautifully seductive, modern wine that combines some of the best qualities of great wines of Bordeaux and the Rhone.
We chose the name Elate which means to make someone ecstatically happy. One try of the wine and we think you will know why we chose that name.
Tasting - July 2020 - This wine is now nine years past vintage. If you have one of these 2011 vintage in your cellar you should find a time to enjoy it because its time has come. The wine will benefit from decanting for about an hour to release the bottle age characteristics and reveal the wines character.
The 2011 growing season was simply nasty for California winegrowers. Cool weather up and down the coast slowed ripening. An April frost shrank yields, while heavy rains in October threatened rot. A sunny latter half of October saved our day.