The grapes for this wine are picked from our Seven Acre vineyard which was planted in 1990. It is located on our Radford Road property at Seppeltsfield just south of Greenock, and as the name suggests is approximately 7 acres in size. The vines crop at 1.5 to 2.0 tonnes per acre and are kept separate to produce a single estate wine. As with all our grapes they are picked on phenological ripeness and flavour at a baume range of 14 to 16º. This baume sometimes produces a naturally occurring high alcohol, although this will depend on seasonal conditions. It is left to mature for approximately 27 months, and is usually not filtered or fined prior to bottling. The terrain of this vineyard is the harshest on our property, but the grapes produce a wine of remarkable depth and quality.
Barossa Super 100 Classification – Wines over $100
With over 100 wines featured in the Classification the list represents the depth of collectable wines of distinction being made in Australia’s most famous wine region.
96 Points - Robert Parker "Made from yields of two tons of fruit per acre, and aged two years in both new and old French oak, the 2003 Shiraz Gregor (from 16-year-old vines) possesses a roasted/scorched earth character as some of the fruit is dried a la Amarone. Rich and full-bodied, with a broodingly dense, concentrated style, an inky/blue/purple color, fabulous length as well as intensity, and riveting fruit."
Jay Miller - "The 2006 Richard Lander Shiraz contains 5% Mourvedre. Purple-coloured, it has a bouquet of balsam wood, black pepper, scorched earth, game, and blueberry compote. Intense on the palate with savoury, meaty flavours, it has enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years and should drink well to 2025."
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94 Points - James Halliday "Exceptional focus and structure; seamlessly woven tannins and quality oak through abundant black fruits; medium-bodied, just where it should be."should be.
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Much fresher on the nose with primary fruit more prominent than the wine closed under cork. Layer upon layer of fruit builds up on the palate in a complex, yet balanced structure. Black raspberry and blackberry are in abundance, both kept in check by lively acidity. There is an invigorating note of herbs (sage in particular), a touch of kirsch, which adds to the wines overall complexity. Long and persistent finish.
94 Points - James Halliday
Exceptional focus and structure; seamlessly woven tannins and quality oak through abundant black fruits; medium-bodied, just where it should be.
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 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.
Robert Parker "Revealing a cooler climate style, the 2004 Shiraz reveals abundant richness, but more nuances as well as a more streamlined character, which Europhiles will find more palatable than the bigger-than-life 2003. The 2004 should drink well young, yet age nicely for 10-12 years. This red is a concentrated, full-throttle effort representing a classic example of Barossa winemaking, and, like so many Australian and New Zealand wines, it is finished with a screw cap."
James Halliday "Medium to full red-purple; medium-bodied, and quite elegant, with gently savoury/earthy edges to the spicy/black fruits."
97 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com) "The spectacular 2004 Shiraz was sourced from vines planted in 1906 with yields a meager 1.25 tons per acre. It was aged for 2 years in new French oak hogsheads (300-liter barrels). Opaque purple-colored, it has a superb bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, licorice, blackberry, and blueberry pie. This leads to a full-bodied, mouth-filling, opulent wine with layers of flavor, great depth, and a long, 60-second finish. It has enough structure to evolve for 6-8 years and should drink well through 2025."
Remarkably opulent, layered and jam-packed with flavour, the sumptuous palate has plenty to offer – cassis, peppered steak, leather and hints of nutmeg enclosed beautifully with mature, ripe tannins. Redolent with regional character, there is a certain earthiness to this wine, which adds to its savoury character. For hedonists only and certainly has the ability to go on for a further 5-8 years.