Greenock Creek Alice's Shiraz 2013

The Alices is Greenock Creek's largest vineyard, being 15 acres, and is named after Annabelle’s mother and Michael’s favourite aunty, both of whom were named Alice.  The vineyard is on the Radford Road property and the vines were planted in 1997, and like all the other wines, the grapes are kept separate to produce a single estate wine.  The vines crop at 1.5 to 2.0 tonnes per acre and as with all their vineyards the grapes are picked and kept separate to produce a single estate wine.  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 masonary 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. A wine of great flavour and depth with an abundance of fruit, currants, raspberry and juniper, wrapped in a mild oaky finish.

Tasting note by Philip White
"Beetroot. Licorice. Fresh juniper berries. Currants. Aniseed. Coconut husk. Hessian. Australia summer dust when you get out of the car. Cheeky and over the top in audacious freshness, and then moody and deep, with olive leaf greens. The palate is doughy and thick. It’s syrupy. It tastes of a reduction of all the above. A dumpling drowned in a wild crème de cassis and raspberry sauce with a splash of framboise stirred in at the end. It’s not stewed, but it’s simmered. Conserve rather than jam – the fruit’s lost none of its acidity. Its tannin is persistent but no harder than dusty velvet, and the whole thing’s so intense it’s like a bright young vintage port of illegally low alcohol and stern acid. Reminds me a little of the moody, muddy, swampy Langhorne Creek reds, with snaky Ry Cooder bottleneck comin’ through the smoke. Then, each year at least one of these wines evokes spooky Cooder slide. Poor thing’s quite awkward in this its infancy – more so than most. I’d give it three years to chill, and then plan ahead. 92++ points"


Type: Red Wine

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