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The Cornerstone has gradually changed its flavor over the years as Michael worked to rejuvenate the ancient vines. Over the last few vintages, the wine has moved away from the pretty roses-and berries Cotes-du-Rhone style, and developed into more of a Spanish-style Grenache, big, complex and intense. On the nose, it displays intriguing notes of leather, Grandma's cedar spice box and cool black tea, complemented by subtle, background oak from its 16 months in seasoned French barrels. The palate is lithe and viscous, with 15.5% alcohol providing a round, luscious mouthfeel. After the taut, dry tannins subside, there's a delicious wave of strawberry and raspberry flavors. As with all the Greenock Creek releases, the stamp of terroir on the Cornerstone is unmistakable, reflecting the flinty, mineral nature of the soil (a thin layer of topsoil over fragmented quartz).
Open and decant this one several hours before serving. Let it breathe for a while, and you'll be charmed by the fragrant rosy character it eventually releases. It will cellar for twelve years easily, up to fifteen.
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...Read More About Greenock Creek
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...Read More About Barossa Valley
This sun-worshiping grape gets ripe and loves hot, dry weather. Popular in
(called Garnacha), Australia and the southern
Rhone region of France, Grenache
is the primary grape in regions such as
It's often tamed by less fleshy, more structured grapes like
Syrah...Read More About Grenache
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