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Professional Ratings: 96 The Wine Advocate, 93 Wine Spectator
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 98753
The Alices is the largest vineyard from Greenock Cellars, being 15 acres, and is named after Annabelle's mother and Michael's favourite aunty, both of whom were named Alice. The vineyard is on our Radford Road property and the vines were planted in 1997, and like all the other wines, the grapes are kept separate to produce a single estate wine. The vines crop at 1.5 to 2.0 tonnes per acre and as with all our vineyards the grapes are picked and kept separate to produce a single estate wine. They are picked on phenological ripeness and flavour at a baume range of 14 to 16. This baume sometimes produces a naturally occurring high alcohol, although this will depend on seasonal conditions.
The grapes are fermented in large, shallow open masonary fermenters, pumped over, chilled and pressed through a basket press. It is then racked into barrels to undergo natural MLF, keeping the free run and pressings separate to be blended back together prior to bottling. The wine is pumped into seasoned American hogsheads with a small percentage going into new oak barrels. It is then left to mature for approximately 27 months, and is usually not filtered or fined prior to bottling.
A wine of great flavour and depth with an abundance of fruit, currants, raspberry and juniper, wrapped in a mild oaky finish.
The 2005 Alice's Shiraz spent 28 months in seasoned American oak hogsheads. Aromas of smoke, asphalt, meat, game, truffle, and blueberry soar from the glass. On the palate this full-bodied Shiraz is velvety-textured, layered, spicy, and richly fruity. While not quite as riveting as the 2004 edition, it has enough structure to evolve for several years and should drink well through 2025.
Dense, chewy and distinctive for its chocolate-scented plum and blackberry flavors that linger on the open-textured finish as the tannins seem to lighten up. Has a peppery, minty note on the finish.