The 2006 Shiraz Seven Acre gives up a room-filling bouquet of smoke, Asian spices, incense, game, and blueberry. Structured, ripe, and richly fruited, it is not quite as voluptuous as in the finest years, but that is a minor quibble. Allow 2-3 years of additional cellaring and drink it through 2018. Greenock Creek’s latest collection is a bit more mixed than usual due to the more challenging nature of the vintages from which these wine were produced. There is one bit of sad news; their Creek Block parcel is no longer commercially viable due to the age of the vines and will no longer be produced.
Jay Miller (RobertParker.com)
“Greenock Creek Vineyard and Cellars, owned by Michael and Annabelle Waugh, is one of the Barossa's benchmark wineries. Start with a great terroir, add in old vine material, and meticulous winemaking and the results are usually extraordinary.” Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The Greenock Creek Wines story began in 1976 when Michael and Annabelle Waugh purchased a 20 acre property in the Barossa Valley, which initially consisted of nothing more than a rundown house with an attached almond and apricot orchard and around 2 acres of old Shiraz vines planted along the line of a creek. Based near Seppeltsfield, where Australia's oldest wineries can be found these days, the vineyard was in very poor condition at the time like most of Australia’s vineyards back in 1970’s, and required much hard work to revitalise the vines. The apricot orchard was pulled out in 1995 (along with around 500 tons of granite) and the land was planted with 8 acres of Shiraz, the Apricot Block. Alice’s Vineyard is the largest and the closest to couple’s hearts vineyard, stretching across 20 acres of the original land. All fruit is estate grown and since none of the vineyards are irrigated, low to very-low yields are dictated purely by weather and pruning.
These are large-scaled, big-boned reds which nonetheless and despite their magnitude, possess an elegance and fine balance with a tremendous ageing potential. They are charismatic, individual and rare, produced as they are in utterly finite, not to say minute quantity.
Situated in South Australia, 60 kilometres northwest of Adelaide, lies the Barossa Valley which has been producing wine since 1842 and these days is recognised as Australia’s quintessential wine region. The hot climate mixed with the ironstone and sandstone soil in the valley, makes excellent growing conditions for grapes and in particular, Shiraz (or Syrah) which classically is full bodied with earthy and spicy notes. Over the last 15 years there has also been an increased interest in the other red Rhone varietals Grenache and Mourvedre. The non-irrigated old vineyards on the cooler west side of the valley are the most treasured and provide fruit for Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds Grange among many other top-quality bottlings.
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