Sunday, March 30, 2008

Barossa - Greenock Creek Winery

This was the third time I had visited the Barossa - -the first time in 1995 when I went to Yalumba, Wolf Blass, and Penfolds. Then again in 2003 when I visited Wolf Blass again – for the whole day -- as well as Penfolds Grange near Adelaide and Rockford. This time, I went to a small winery that I hadn’t heard of in the U.S., but apparently is a cult winery in Australia -- called Greenock Creek. In fact, while in Rutherglen I had someone recommend I visit because he said “the wine will change your life.” I think he was right. After asking around, Collin was able to get my Uncle Gary and I an appointment with the assistant winemaker on a very hot day (over 100 degree F). We toured the vineyard and winery, and it seemed quite similar to Henschke in terms of fermenting in the big cement tanks (but no use of wax). They had sold out of everything within a few weeks of releasing their wine, so we felt very fortunate that he let us taste out of barrel. The wines were truly amazing – huge, velvety, and very concentrated. I will never forget the shiraz which was thick and black in my glass and tasted like chocolate raspberries with white pepper. It was truly mind-blowing. Vineyards are all dry-farmed -- as is obvious in this picture of a dusty vineyard on a 103 degree day in March.

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