Greenock Shiraz is a single vineyard wine produced from low yielding Shiraz vines on the Kalleske estate at Greenock, in the North-Western Barossa Valley. Cuttings for these vines originate from a vineyard planted on the property in the late 1800s. Today, sixth and seventh generation family members meticulously tend the vines. Traditional winemaking and maturation in American and French oak hogsheads has ensured a complex, full-bodied Shiraz which will reward long term cellaring. Greenock Shiraz is a true family estate wine – grown, vintaged and matured on the Kalleske estate.
Vintage 2017 was stunning. The vines got off to a fantastic start with a wetter than average Winter and mild Spring. Summer brought typically average warm conditions with some excellent rainfall, twice the average. This kept the vines in superb condition for steady ripening into Autumn which remained dry with warm sunny days and cool nights. Yields from 2017 are good and quality is exceptional.
Kalleske Greenock Shiraz is sourced from a single vineyard, located on the Western edge of the Greenock Creek in the Northern Barossa Valley. The vineyard consists of shallow, sandy loam soil over superb deep red clay and limestone, providing ideal conditions for Shiraz vines.
The grapes were harvested in three separate lots on March 7th, March 10th and March 12th from a single vineyard, the “Greenock” block. After picking, the grapes were destemmed into open top fermenters. They were fermented warm with hand pump-overs twice a day for 9-10 days on skins prior to pressing. After pressing off skins the wines were filled to a mix of 35% new and the balance used American and French oak hogsheads. The wines completed primary fermentation and underwent natural malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine was matured in barrel for thirteen months prior to bottling.
Greenock Shiraz 2017 is rich burgundy-red in colour.
The boquet is inviting, exuding characters of heritage rose perfume, cinnamon spice, dark cherry, black olive and fruit cake.
The palate is full-bodied together with a slew of elegance. Black and red fruits ooze forth along with hints of earth and spice. There is well integrated classy oak adding further depth and interest. The natural tannins are evident but balanced adding definition and a muscular structure. The long finish provides plenty of lingering juicy fruits leading to a hint of toasty oak together with subtly dry tannin on completion. Greenock is a complex, refined and classy Barossa Shiraz that has a long cellaring future.