Winter Creek Old Barossa Blend 2004
Rhone Red Blends from Barossa Valley , Barossa , Australia
Delivers a nice whiff of white pepper and clove as well as some sweet earth underpinnings meshed with a note of ripe dark raspberry and blackberry fruit. The palate has an engaging, expansive feel, medium-fuller bodied, with smooth tannins wrapped around spicy dark cherry and black raspberry flavors. This should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years to maximize its fruit vibrancy.
Australian Wine Companion - "Interesting; while not having the weight of McLaren Vale, avoids the cosmetic/jammy nuances the Barossa often has; instead, bright red cherry and raspberry fruits plus fine, silky tannins; good length. Grenache/Shiraz."
The Wine Advocate - "The seductive, peppery, spicy, earthy, dark plum/ruby-hued 2004 The Old Barossa Blend (75% Grenache and 25% Shiraz) possesses abundant amounts of kirsch and black fruit characteristics as well as a hint of wood in the background. This savory red should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years."
Winter Creek Winery
After considerable experience in the wine industry, David and Pam Cross established the Winter Creek vineyard at Williamstown in the Barossa Valley. The original Winter Creek vineyard was planted exclusively with Shiraz vines and some years ago David and Pam were fortunate in purchasing an old Grenache vineyard adjoining their property. Their philosophy is always to produce the highest quality wine possible and have the unique terroir of the Williamstown region reflected in their wines. Williamstown is located in the most southerly point of the Barossa Valley. In the wettest and coolest part of the valley with the climate being affected by the near proximity of the Barossa Ranges, the cooler Williamstown climate naturally produces wine displaying traditional Barossa richness along with elegance and finesse. The emphasis is very much on intense fruit flavors, complexity and balance. View all Winter 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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