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Greenock Creek Grenache Barossa Valley Cornerstone 2004

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The Cornerstone has gradually changed its flavor over the years as Michael worked to rejuvenate the ancient vines. Over the last few vintages, the wine has moved away from the pretty roses-and berries Cotes-du-Rhone style, and developed into more of a Spanish-style Grenache, big, complex and intense. On the nose, it displays intriguing notes of leather, Grandma’s cedar spice box and cool black tea, complemented by subtle, background oak from its 16 months in seasoned French barrels. The palate is lithe and viscous, with a round, luscious mouthfeel. After the taut, dry tannins subside, there’s a delicious wave of strawberry and raspberry flavors. As with all the Greenock Creek releases, the stamp of terroir on the Cornerstone is unmistakable, reflecting the flinty, mineral nature of the soil (a thin layer of topsoil over fragmented quartz). Open and decant this one several hours before serving. Let it breathe for a while, and you’ll be charmed by the fragrant rosy character it eventually releases. It will cellar for twelve years easily, up to fifteen.

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Greenock Creek Wines Pty Ltd:
my restaurant has been selling 3 of this estate's wines in the 5 year's i've worked there. the 1998 '7 acre shiraz' was always one of the big hits of our list and i got my hands (or tongue) on one of the last bottles before the vintage changed. i was bowled over by the sheer purity of fruit and the length of the flavour on the palate, and most particularity by the elegance of the wine - whilst ... Read more
my restaurant has been selling 3 of this estate's wines in the 5 year's i've worked there. the 1998 '7 acre shiraz' was always one of the big hits of our list and i got my hands (or tongue) on one of the last bottles before the vintage changed. i was bowled over by the sheer purity of fruit and the length of the flavour on the palate, and most particularity by the elegance of the wine - whilst unmistakably 'new world' its fruit was never cloying and its oak was perfectly integrated. the 'alices shiraz' and estate 'cab sav' are from 'lesser' parcels but exhibit the same clarity and pungency as their super-cuvee cousin, from tasting these over the '98-'00 vintages i feel safe recommending the estate as a whole to readers. enjoy! Read less

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

From 60-year-old vines, the 2004 Grenache Cornerstone (which was aged in old French wood) reveals plenty of power and potency (16% alcohol), yet comes across as elegant, restrained, and almost feminine. Its deep ruby color is followed by a sweet perf... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Grenache wine from South Australia in Australia. 2004 Greenock Creek Grenache Cornerstone 750ml



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The Cornerstone has gradually changed its flavor over the years as Michael worked to rejuvenate the ancient vines. Over the last few vintages, the wine has moved away from the pretty roses-and berries Cotes-du-Rhone style, and developed into more of a Spanish-style Grenache, big, complex and intense. On the nose, it displays intriguing notes of leather, Grandma’s cedar spice box and cool black tea, complemented by subtle, background oak from its 16 months in seasoned French barrels. The palate is lithe and viscous, with a round, luscious mouthfeel. After the taut, dry tannins subside, there’s a delicious wave of strawberry and raspberry flavors. As with all the Greenock Creek releases, the stamp of terroir on the Cornerstone is unmistakable, reflecting the flinty, mineral nature of the soil (a thin layer of topsoil over fragmented quartz). Open and decant this one several hours before serving. Let it breathe for a while, and you’ll be charmed by the fragrant rosy character it eventually releases. It will cellar for twelve years easily, up to fifteen.

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