Mid crimson. Racy, savoury, complete and delightful nose. Dry finish and dusty but with great integrity. Very difficult drought prone vintage but this is a success! Everything in place.
4th March, 2011
There's a certain wildness in the savoury, dark fruit-inflected palate, with really fine-textured tannins, bright acidity, and a rich, satisfying finish.
The 2007 Shiraz has a very deep garnet purple colour and beautiful perfume of violets, liquorice, fresh blackberries, sandalwood, cigar boxes, dried plums plus a touch of earth and spices. The palate is very crisp and very elegant with a medium body, firm fine tannins and plenty of fresh berry fruit. This wine is expertly put-together with great concentration at modest alcohol and a long finish.
Combines the elegance of mid-Victorian Shiraz with the depth and
weight that characterise wines from Heathcote. The wine has a deep,
youthful purple colour, giving way to rich, dark plum fruit which is
balanced by supple, fine-grained tannins and a lifted acidity on the
finish. It is dense, nicely layered, long, elegant and well-balanced.
5 stars, The Age (AUS), Ralph Kyte-Powell, 24 Jun 11
This Shiraz has complex aromas of minerally earth, leather and spice,
berries and cherries. It's no Heathcote fruit bomb but has an almost
Italian savouriness and a well-weighted medium-bodied palate of
spicy cherry and plum-like fruit. Finely textured tannins and fresh acidity
enhance its superb mouthfeel.
SILVER - Decanter World Wine Awards 2010
SILVER - International Wine Challenge 2010
Situated at 400m above sea level, on a ridge of old Cambrian soil, the
Greenstone vineyard comprises 20 hectares of Shiraz, Sangiovese,
Colorino and Monastrell planted on red, 500 million year old soils
of volcanic origin, with high levels of calcium. This reduces the vines`
vigour and is therefore ideally suited to the production of quality wine.
The vines are planted east west in orientation in order to protect them
from the hot summer sun, to prevent sun burn and to preserve vibrant
flavours. They are planted at a density of 4,545 vines/ha further
reducing vigour. Grass has been planted between the rows in order to
add organic matter and improve the soil environment for vine root
activity. Rootstocks are 101-14, a low vigour variety. Shiraz clones are
2626 (South Australian clone) PR 10 and PT 23 (NSW clones).
The grapes underwent a natural cold soak followed by fermentation
with natural yeasts. Maceration lasted 2 weeks in open top fermenters
with regular hand-punching down of the cap to extract good colour
and tannins. After fermentation, the wine was aged for 18 months in
French barriques, of which 20% new oak.