Wines - 2013 Devote Greenock Shiraz
Greenock, over at the base of the Western ridge towards the Northern end of the Barossa Valley, is one of the parishes (sub-regions) of the Barossa that seems to deliver, year in/year out, what we consider to be the classic characters that people expect form the region, and indeed, the characters that have made the region so famous around the world. Deep, soulful and earthy with abundant fruit weight and spice but beautifully balanced at the same time. This vineyard was planted in the mid-1980s by the 4th generation grape-growing Materne family and we love then characters that we get from this particular slice of the Barossa. Deep purple/red in the glass with fruit aromas of juicy black plum, blackberry, black cherry and dark fruit compote. Hints of baking spice, dark chocolate, ironstone, Barossa earth and licorice with notes of cedar, leather and gentle, spicy French & American oak hints further in the background.
Smooth, silky and opulent in the mouth, it is medium-bodied and shows fruit flavours of rich plum, black berry fruits, kirsch and cassis with some higher-toned mulberry notes. Hints of deep, resonant spices on the palate — clove, cinnamon and star anise along with notes of black-strap licorice, “Old Jamaican” chocolate, ironstone, leather and flashes of violets. It is delicately underscored with lovely mocha/vanillin oak characters and the wine lingers persistently on the finish with the gentle tug of cascading fine-grained tannins and a seam of fresh acidity keeping all in check. It’s voluptuous and supple in the mouth with great flow across the palate and although it is delicious drinking now, there is plenty of structural stuffing to ensure it will age magnificently with careful cellaring.
Naturally fermented on skins in an open fermenter for 14 days and then gently basket pressed, this small parcel of wine was then transferred to new (10%) and old (90%) American (42%) and French (58%) hogs heads for 22 months of maturing. Once matured the wine was bottled unfiltered and then spent 4 months maturing in bottle in our warehouse prior to release.
pH – 3.49
TA – 7.45 g/L
Alc – 13.6 %
4100 bottles produced
RRP - $35
Winemaker: Michael Papps
The grapes were grown on the out skirts of Greenock, home of some of the most extraordinary grapes. Vines were planted in the mid 1980’s in sandy loam topsoil over light clay. Cropped at 1.4 tonnes per acre.
The vineyard was harvested on 20th February when optimum flavours and balance were achieved in the grape.
- Very Good - Steve Leszczynski - QWine Blog
- 93 points - Mike Bennie - WBM
Not quite off the chain full throttle for Barossa Shiraz but sure does give you some heft of the variety in its concentration of dark fruit flavours and scents, big dusting of regional spice, earthiness and the slinky tannins a ripe wine like this can expect. Cuddly as it is, tucked up neatly in itself. 13.6%
- 96 - James Halliday - 2016 Wine Companion
From 30 yo vines planted by the Materne family, 4th generation grape growers; wild yeast fermented in an open fermenter for 17 days, basket-pressed and matured in new and used French oak and American oak for 20 months. It is an elegant, medium bodied Shiraz, with the red fruit drive that comes from this alcohol level, the silky palate drawing you back again and again, the fine tannins an integral part of its indisputable high quality. To: 2038
- 93 points - Mike Bennie - Parade Magazine