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Greenock Creek Cornerstone Grenache 2006

Grenache from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
  • RP94
18.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

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.

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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.
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Greenock Creek, Australia
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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!
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