Shiraz Barossa South Australia
A boutique, hands on operation on Roennfeldt Road, amidst the rolling hills of Seppeltsfield between the hamlets of Greenock and Marananga at the western end of Barossa. The vineyard is small and its meagre yields are further limited by a fastidious pruning throughout the growing season, followed by a meticulous sorting of grapes at vintage. Alice is fashioned to the traditional, old world style of Barossa Shiraz, laden with brooding black bramble fruit and soily, bucolic charm, seasoned by an evolving complexity of piquant Rhone spice.
Greenock Creek have been crafting limited amounts of bespoke wines for a quarter of a century. An ancient stone cottage serves as the wineworks, all fruit is grown on the property and every bunch of berries is scrutinized before inclusion. Soils under the Alice block tend to be slatey siltstones, providing good drainage while forcing vines to struggle. Plantings were progressively added ever since the site was acquired by the Waugh family and vines are now all fully mature. Shiraz is treated to large, shallow open masonary fermenters, pumped over, chilled and basket pressed, racked into a mix of seasoned and new American oak hogsheads for malolactic and an extravagant twenty seven months maturation.
Deep scarlet, blackish hue. A savoury nose of tomato leaf and leather, fruit mince and meatyness over the Barossa earthiness of slate, gun barrel and dust. A lithe, supple palate showing an intensity of dark brooding fruit flavours and restrained tannic complexity, blackcurrant lozenge, beetroots and pitch kept vital by a spray of bracing steely acids. Engaging and memorable, the richness and endowments to evolve magnificently.