Greenock Creek Alice's Shiraz 2009

  • Super saturated opaque black crimson colour with black heart.
  • The palate displays very ripe and generous flavours of blackberry and dark plum.
  • Pairs well with lamb and poultry.
  • 1 or more bottles
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  • Lisa Perrotti-B
    92 points

Editors notes

Nicely balanced offering mouth-filling ripe berry flavors, lively acid and a medium to firm level of rounded tannins

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Established in 1978, Greenock Creek is a tiny 'boutique' Barossa winery with a production level of only 2500 cases per year, owned by Michael and Annabel Waugh.

Super saturated opaque black crimson colour with black heart and very deep black crimson hue showing excellent cling to the sides of the glass.

Aromas of liquorice, blackberry, black plum, confectionary and vanilla spice. Powerful and densely packed, the palate displays very ripe and generous flavours of blackberry and dark plum followed by some liquorice and spice. Very fine grained tannins with long aftertaste of blackberry, dark plum and spice.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

    "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Alices Shiraz gives a pronounced nose of black cherry preserves, crushed blueberries and warm blackberries with hints of oolong tea, black licorice, Indian spices and loam. Medium to full bodied, the palate is nicely balanced offering mouth-filling ripe berry flavors, lively acid and a medium to firm level of rounded tannins. The finish is long and pure."

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Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhone Valley and that the variety would cook in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the region's propensity to produce world-class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Cabernet Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."

About the brand Greenock Creek

Located in Seppeltsfield in South Australia's Barossa Valley, Grennock Creek is a boutique winery owned by Michael & Annabelle Waugh. In 1975, while working in the area as a stonemason, Michael found an uninhabited cottage next to Grennock Creek and purchased the site that same year with the intention to build a winery. After planting vineyard plantings and construction on the winemaking facility, the cellar door opened in 1988 with just two wines available.

Grennock Creek now features seven wines. Focusing on small lot, estate-grown fruit, theses single vineyard Cabernet, Shiraz and Grenache are dry-grown with some vines at over 80 years of age. The grapes are generally fermented in large, shallow open fermenters, pumped over and pressed through a basket press. Both American and French oak is used with a mixture of new and old barrels. Depending on the vineyard and variety, the wines are aged for 12-27 months on average and are bottled without fining or filtration.

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