This vineyard was planted in 1995 on an old apricot orchard which we removed from our Roennfeldt Road property at Marananga near Greenock. The vines crop at 1.2 to 1.5 tonnes per acres from the short rows, and 1.5 to 2.0 tonnes per acre on the long rows. The grapes are picked and kept separate to produce a single estate wine. This rich, dark red wine has complex aromas of spice and fruit, plums, berries and a splash of dark chocolate with a lingering velvety finish.
The vines for the Casey’s Block Shiraz were planted in 2009 in deep alluvial soil, similar to the Alices and Mataro vineyards. It is approximately 8 acres in size, crops at around 2 tonnes per acre and is named after Annabelle’s father, whose nickname was Casey. It is situated on Peter Seppelt Road, and the cuttings for the vines were taken from five of the existing Greenock Creek Wines’ vineyards, including the Roennfeldt Road blocks. Consequently this combination of cuttings has produced a wine with unique characteristics and complex flavours.
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96 Points - Joe Czerwinski (RobertParker.com) "This wine was made together with Sean, Bridget and Jessica Hobbs, their 'kids', or Tin Lids as they were often called. Their youthful influence on this traditional Aussie blend has resulted in a vibrant wine with the fresh herbal flavours of Cabernet merging seamlessly with the rich dark red and blackberry flavours of Shiraz.
On the nose, you’ll find liquorice and blackberry essence, spicy notes of pepper and sage with a hint of freshly picked mint, meaty and savoury aromas and subtle notes of cedar. The palate is full-bodied with dark red and blackberry flavours and the lovely herbaceous characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon The wine has a fresh acidity, very fine grain tannins and a long perfumed finish."
Robert Parker "Fashioned from low yields of 1.27 tons of fruit per acre, the 2000 Shiraz Alice’s is 100% Shiraz aged in American oak for 28 months prior to being bottled unfiltered. A strong effort for the vintage, it exhibits a deep ruby/purple color in addition to a sweet nose of blackberries, pepper, and licorice, medium body, and a fine finish."
The grapes for this wine are from the vineyard at the front of our cellar door located on Radford Road at Seppeltsfield, near Greenock, and were planted in 1989. The grapes are fermented in large, shallow open fermenters, pumped over, chilled and pressed through a basket press. The free run and pressings are kept separate through maturation and blended back together one week before bottling. The oak is all French shaved out seasoned second-hand hogsheads. This wine contains the much sought after flavours of top Cabernets – mint, lavender, chocolate, berries and perfume – the perfect combination to produce an excellent example of this variety.
95 Points - Jay Miller (RobertParker.com) "The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in seasoned French hogsheads, is a glass-coating purple/black color. It exhibits an aromatic array of mineral, tar, black currant, and blackberry followed by a dense, layered, succulent Cabernet with outstanding depth and concentration. It conceals enough ripe tannin to evolve for 6-8 years and should offer prime drinking from 2014 to 2030. Greenock Creek Vineyard & Cellars, owned by Michael and Annabelle Waugh, remains one of South Australia’s iconic wineries. Start with a great terroir, add in old vine material and meticulous winemaking, and end with extraordinary results."
The grapes for this wine are picked from a single estate vineyard from our Roennfeldt Road property at Marananga near Greenock, and are around 80 years old. Growing on an east facing slope, these ancient bush vines produce a limited amount of small berried bunches, intensely perfumed and with magnificent colour.
Robert Parker "From 60-year-old vines, the 2004 Grenache Cornerstone (which was aged in old French wood) reveals plenty of power and potency (16% alcohol), yet comes across as elegant, restrained, and almost feminine. Its deep ruby color is followed by a sweet perfume of black cherries, loamy soils, crushed pepper, and a southern Rhone Valley floral-like character. With superb purity, texture, and definition, this full-bodied yet light on its feet beauty can be enjoyed over the next 5-7 years."
The cuttings for this vineyard were sourced from very old vines that were growing near Marananga and planted in 2000 as bush vines (which aren’t trellised). However they were far too vigorous so were trained onto a double cordon in order to take up some of their energy, but even without water or fertigation they are still prolific grape producers. It has taken a number of years trialling bunch pruning and trellising methods to finally produce a wine of the standard acceptable to Greenock Creek Wines.