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    Greenock Creek Wines is situated at Seppeltsfield in the rolling hills between the hamlets of Greenock and Marananga, on the western edge of the Barossa Valley. The winery's first release was in 1988, when it sold a 1986 Shiraz and a 1988 Chardonnay.

    Since then the winery has planted or acquired more vines, and now specialises in premium red wine production. Only grapes grown on the property are used, making it truly an estate winery. The range of wines includes five Shiraz, two Cabernet Sauvignons and a Grenache, all processed at the winery on the Waugh's Roennfeldt Road property.

    Michael and Annabelle Waugh are disciples of Rocky O'Callaghan of Rockford Wines, and have deliberately accumulated a series of old dryland, low-yielding Barossa vineyards, aiming to produce wines of unusual depth of flavour and character. They have succeeded handsomely in this aim, achieving icon status and stratospheric prices in the US, making the opinions of Australian scribes irrelevant. 

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    Picture of Greenock Creek Cornerstone Grenache 2004 750mL

    Greenock Creek Cornerstone Grenache 2004 750mL

    242
    Made from 64 year old low yielding vines. Aromas of kirsch liqueur and raspberries, with a ripe berry fruit attack and mid-palate, surprising structure and definition, and terrific richness and ripeness.
    Picture of Greenock Creek Apricot Block Shiraz 2004 750mL

    Greenock Creek Apricot Block Shiraz 2004 750mL

    783
    Another example of young vines making profound wines. Spending 26-28 months in old American oak barrels and small foudres (hogsheads), these wines are bottled unfiltered, and exhibits the intense extract, and style unique to Australia. Made from ultra ripe fruit, they show purity of the Shiraz grape, rarely seen, without being monolithic or heavy.
    Picture of Greenock Creek Alice's Shiraz 2005 750mL

    Greenock Creek Alice's Shiraz 2005 750mL

    980
    Established in 1978, Greenock Creek is a tiny Barossa winery with a production level of only 2500 cases per year, owned by Michael and Annabel Waugh. These wines, fashioned from old, low-yielding vineyards, have accumulated quite a reputation. Greenock Creek Wines is situated at Seppeltsfield in the rolling hills between the hamlets of Greenock and Marananga, on the western edge of the Barossa Valley. The winery's first release was in 1988. The range of wines includes five Shiraz, two Cabernet Sauvignons and a Grenache, all processed at the winery on the Waugh’s Roennfeldt Road property.
    Picture of Greenock Creek Apricot Block Shiraz 2002 750mL

    Greenock Creek Apricot Block Shiraz 2002 750mL

    239

    The prodigious 2002 Shiraz Apricot Block was produced from fruit cropped at 1.5 tons per acre. Its big, peppery, floral, blueberry, blackberry, pen ink, and vanillin-scented bouquet is followed by a wine with a nervous energy that is totally in keeping with the cool 2002 vintage. Dense, with great purity of fruit, a fabulously multi-layered, full-bodied palate, and an inky finish with enormous concentration, sweet tannin, and superb overall balance, this young, unevolved Shiraz should begin to strut its stuff in 3-4 years, and last for two decades.

    Picture of Greenock Creek-Creek Block-Shiraz-2002-750mL

    Greenock Creek-Creek Block-Shiraz-2002-750mL

    244

    The big, peppery, floral, blueberry, blackberry, pen ink, and vanillin-scented bouquet is followed by a wine with a nervous energy that is totally in keeping with the cool 2002 vintage. Dense, with great purity of fruit, a fabulously multi-layered, full-bodied palate, and an inky finish with enormous concentration, sweet tannin, and superb overall balance, this young, unevolved Shiraz should begin to strut its stuff in 3-4 years, and last for two decades.

    Picture of Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz 1997 750mL

    Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz 1997 750mL

    248

    Greenock Creek Wines is situated at Seppeltsfield in the rolling hills between the hamlets of Greenock and Marananga, on the western edge of the Barossa Valley. The winery's first release was in 1988, when it sold a 1986 Shiraz and a 1988 Chardonnay from its tiny cellar door situated beneath the Waugh's 150 year old stone cottage.

    Picture of Greenock Creek-Seven Acre-Shiraz-2002-750mL

    Greenock Creek-Seven Acre-Shiraz-2002-750mL

    252

    Made from vines less than 20 years old, and aged in American Oak, this substantial Shiraz boasts an opaque purple color along with a sweet nose of melted licorice intermixed with blackberry jam, pepper, white flowers, and a hint of toast. With layers of gorgeous fruit, voluptuousness, density, and purity. 

    Picture of Greenock Creek Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 750mL

    Greenock Creek Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 750mL

    597

    Opaque black/purple in color with a fabulous nose of black fruits, cedar, Asian spices, black licorice, and truffle. Highly-extracted, with super-jammy, ripe fruit, and Low acidity.  A long lingering finish.

    Picture of Greenock Creek Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 750mL

    Greenock Creek Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 750mL

    750

    Opaque black/purple in color with a fabulous nose of black fruits, cedar, Asian spices, black licorice, and truffle. Highly-extracted, with super-jammy, ripe fruit, and Low acidity. A long lingering finish.

    Picture of Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz 2001 750mL

    Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz 2001 750mL

    751

    Made from half-century old vines, the Roennfeltd Road Shiraz is Greenock Creeks top of the line Shiraz wine. 

     

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    Picture of Greenock Creek Seven Acre Shiraz 2004 750mL

    Greenock Creek Seven Acre Shiraz 2004 750mL

    752

    Made from vines less than 20 years old, and aged in American Oak, this substantial Shiraz boasts an opaque purple color along with a sweet nose of melted licorice intermixed with blackberry jam, pepper, white flowers, and a hint of toast. With layers of gorgeous fruit, voluptuousness, density, and purity.

    Picture of Greenock Creek-Cornerstone-Grenache-2006-750mL

    Greenock Creek-Cornerstone-Grenache-2006-750mL

    985

    Established in 1978, Greenock Creek is a tiny Barossa winery with a production level of only 2500 cases per year, owned by Michael and Annabel Waugh. These wines, fashioned from old, low-yielding vineyards, have accumulated quite a reputation. Greenock Creek Wines is situated at Seppeltsfield in the rolling hills between the hamlets of Greenock and Marananga, on the western edge of the Barossa Valley. The winery's first release was in 1988. The range of wines includes five Shiraz, two Cabernet Sauvignons and a Grenache, all processed at the winery on the Waugh’s Roennfeldt Road property.

    Picture of Greenock Creek-Apricot Block-Shiraz-2015-750mL

    Greenock Creek-Apricot Block-Shiraz-2015-750mL

    6307

    Established in 1978, Greenock Creek is a tiny Barossa winery with a production level of only 2500 cases per year, owned by Michael and Annabel Waugh. These wines, fashioned from old, low-yielding vineyards, have accumulated quite a reputation. Greenock Creek Wines is situated at Seppeltsfield in the rolling hills between the hamlets of Greenock and Marananga, on the western edge of the Barossa Valley. The winery's first release was in 1988. The range of wines includes five Shiraz, two Cabernet Sauvignons and a Grenache, all processed at the winery on the Waugh’s Roennfeldt Road property.

    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.  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.

    The grapes are fermented in large, shallow open masonry fermenters, pumped over, chilled and pressed through a basket press.  It is then racked into barrels to undergo natural MLF, keeping the free run and pressings separate to be blended back together prior to bottling.  The wine is pumped into seasoned American hogsheads with a small percentage going into new oak barrels.  It is then left to mature for approximately 27 months, and is usually not filtered or fined prior to bottling.

    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.

    TASTING NOTE (By Philip White)

    Perhaps since it's had its usual trifle and even its crumbly/crunchy/doughy apricot strueselküchen suddenly pinched by Alices the Apricot Block just had to hunker down and say "Well here I am: your most accomplished and together member of the Greenock Creek family on the table this year." [Michael glowers.] "Oh sorry most accomplished and together in the row, so far." [Michael looks away.] This year, it's cocoa powder. It's more. Yep, it's dark bitter ValRhona cooking chocolate around a cherry gel. An Adults Only Cherry Ripe. Not such a complex business as some years, but maybe the easiest one for that wicked sesh you've been postponing. Hang on. There's roast dry chillies, too. Like that Mexican chilli and chocolate sauce. And the rind of Curaçao oranges. Bring it on. Interestingly, this Apricot Block lost interest in me after four days, indicating it's probably best consumed within a decade. Not too much to ask, surely?

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