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Greenock Creek Seven Acres Shiraz 1997

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

After it was planted in 1990, the Seven Acre block very quickly made clear its intention to supply low crops of intense Barossa Shiraz with a rare floral note highlighting its dainty, but dense bouquet. Almost impossibly, this vintage seems even more intensely so, in spite of the wine's extreme youth. The palate, too, is perhaps a little more forceful than the previous silky smooth offerings, but it still retains that polished sheen of texture and mouthfeel that are the vineyard's other hallmarks. The palate is beautifully viscous and long, deliciously adorning the sensories like a magnificent silky drape. The tannins are leafy and green, but do nothing to interrupt that astonishing lingering smoothness of the finish and aftertaste. The wine offers great promise for the patient cellarmaster.

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1997 Shiraz Seven Acres is another big baby that goes on and on in the mouth. Soaring aromas of creme de cassis, smoke, blackberries, new saddle leather, and earth are followed by a layered, multidimensional wine of great purity, richness, and length. At age 12, this seems like a 2- to 3-year-old wine, and while critics might ask “where’s the complexity?”, everything remains intact, and my instincts suggest this, like its siblings, is a 30+ year wine. These wines tend to be drunk entirely too soon, and are often written off before they have ever had a chance to develop fully.
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Greenock Creek, Barossa Valley, Barossa, 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!

Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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