Greenock Creek Cornerstone Grenache 2006
Grenache from Barossa Valley, Australia
I could write a terribly confusing thesis on this impossibility. I cannot imagine how Michael got it to ferment dry. Like, you add pure alcohol to sweet strong juice to kill all the yeast to make port and end up with strong numbers like this. Yeast finds it impossible to live in alcohols like this. Yet here we are with a wine picked sosweet that it ends up on the Bacchus side of eighteen once its yeast has kicked it dry. This is one King Hell Mother of a Greenash. It doesnt really smell like eighteen and a half. It couldnt possibly. No normally fermented wine could. None has before, to my knowledge, although perhaps some of the Durifs the greatMick Morris made at Rutherglen in the sixties may have approached such wild numbers.
It smells like aromatic prunus,deadly nightshade berries, marshmallow sugar, and a jammy trifle drenched in brandy. Its scarey, yet pretty,and fresh. Its alcohol brushes the nostrils like a warning shot of gunpowder, yet thats quickly mixed with freshvanilla bean, and below that wells a huge swell of blackberry and mulberry conserve. Coconut. Whippedcream. Tip it in, and youre awash with some weird pirates dessert liqueur, more evocative than JohnnyDepps wildest eyeshadowed dreaming.
The Wine Advocate - "The opaque purple 2006 Cornerstone Grenache, sourced from a 63-year-old vineyard, was aged in a mix of new and used French oak hogsheads. It offers up an alluring bouquet of mineral, leather, and wild cherry leading to a full-bodied (18.5% alcohol), super-rich wine with no hard edges. Opulent and pleasure-bent, it could be likened to a great vintage of Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf du Pape on steroids."
Greenock Creek Winery
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. Since then the winery has planted, grafted 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. The wines are released each year in early September and are sold through cellar door, mail order, a selected number of retail outlets in Australia and a small quantity via export. If there is a "Cult" Australian winery, this is it! View all Greenock Creek Wines
About Barossa Valley
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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