Elate Grange Cuvee 2014
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 by following the original recipe of blending the best of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon in this Australian twist on a Rhône/Bordeaux Cuvée .
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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 the name. Bill describes the sensation of drinking this wine as similar to sitting in a big, old overstuffed sofa - comfortable and luxurious!
Elate shows a deep purple color inviting you to taste. A weighted and concentrated wine combining intense, ripe plum aromas with a touch of wood smoke. At first taste you notice the wine is already complex with smoky, coffee and plum-like fruit, integrated oak, fine tannin and promising length. This is a balanced and opulent wine showing long term potential.
Only 960 cases produced.
The 2014 vintage exceeded our expectations on both quality and quantity providing another brilliant year after the record breaking harvests of 2012 and 2013 with excellent quality across all varietals at harvest. The final wine quality in barrel was excellent across all varietals and appellations.
French Oak 100%; 35% new; 35% one-use; 30% neutral