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.
95 Points – Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2004 Shiraz “Apricot Block” was aged for 28 months in older American oak. It has an expressive bouquet of cedar, tar, pepper, violets, blueberry, and licorice. Full-bodied, smoothly-textured, layered, and rich, this intense, powerful wine should drink well for 12-15 years.
95 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2005 Apricot Block Shiraz received the same upbringing as the Alice’s and is a similar glass-coating, opaque purple. An enticing perfume of cedar, scorched earth, pepper, violets, bacon, and blueberry leaps from the glass. A bit more restrained (a mere 15.0% alcohol) than its siblings, it is nevertheless a silky, layered, intensely flavored Shiraz with gobs of fruit and a 60-second finish. It should provide much pleasure from 2012 to 2025.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.