Greenock Creek Vineyard & Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine Barossa 1997

SKU 0203150547A

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 grapes are fermented in large, shallow open fermenters, pumped over, chilled and pressed through a basket press. The free run and pressings are kept separate through maturation and blended back together one week before bottling. The wine is racked into barrel to undergo natural MLF. The oak is all French shaved out seasoned second-hand hogsheads, with the better barrels being used for the pressings. The wine is left to mature in barrels for a total of 27 months and is usually not filtered or fined prior to bottling. This is a pretty massive wine with good length. There is a touch of heat, but it's not really disturbing since the fruit is very generous. Not the most complex wine, but powerful, balanced and totally mature now. It's drinking really beautifully.

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