Greenock Creek Mataro 2021


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Barossa Valley, Australia
95 points


Our Mataro vineyard, planted in 2000, lies adjacent the eastern side of the Greenock Creek. The first vintage was only released in 2015, at a time when the vines had achieved the desired maturity to produce wine befitting the Greenock Creek name. Originally bush vine, then trellised in 2013, the one acre block is rich with the heavy, dark sandy loam soils of an old creek bed, with a bit of shale through the upper section and some sub surface clay. A gentle slope assists with drainage. The vines get plenty of sun through the early and middle parts of the day, before being shaded from the afternoon heat and cooled by gully breezes that wiggle their way from the south up the line of the Greenock Creek. This promotes terrific ‘hang time’ for the fruit, slowing ripening to produce a fine boned structure around intense Mataro fruit character.

The vintage will be remembered as one of best in living memory. Although preceded by a dry winter and spring, what rainfall we did receive was perfectly timed to coincide with budburst and flowering. The weather conditions remained mild through the growing and ripening seasons, and cool to cold nights and warm days allowed great natural acid retention in the grapes, and slow flavour/colour and tannin development in the fruit.

The fruit was hand-picked on March 24, destemmed and fermented in 5 tonne open slate fermenters for 6-7 days with twice daily pumpovers. The wine was matured for 13 months in seasoned French (50%) and American (50%) oak hogsheads.

On the nose there is a gentle lifted spice character that sits over distinct meaty, charcuterie undertones. You should also be able to pick out hints of spearmint and eucalypt derived from the old gum trees that line the creek next to the vineyard. On the palate, there are brooding dark cherries and meaty charcuterie notes with a touch of vanilla bean. The wine has a slate like texture, intermingled with fine lines of acid and gentle, dusty tannins.


95 points
Wine Orbit

Sweetly ripe and spicy at the same time, the wine shows dark cherry, mulberry, charcuterie, clove and assorted nut aromas on the nose, followed by a superbly weighted palate delivering plump mouthfeel and fleshy texture. Wonderfully composed and structured with a lengthy robust finish. At its best: now to 2036.

93 points
Andrew Caillard

Medium deep crimson. Intense inky, blueberry, dark plum, dark chocolate aromas. Well concentrated blueberry, dark plum, praline flavours, fine loose knit gravelly/ al dente/ bittersweet tannins, some roasted walnut/ demi-glace notes and fresh long acidity. Some graphite notes at the finish. Lovely freshness and vigour. Drink now – 2030.


Serving Temp.
16-18 °C
Food pairing

Tasting Profile

The wine exudes a delicate and elevated spice essence on the nose, layered over distinctive undertones reminiscent of meaty charcuterie. Additionally, hints of spearmint and eucalyptus, drawn from the nearby old gum trees that grace the creek beside the vineyard, contribute to the aromatic complexity.
Upon sipping, the wine unveils brooding notes of dark cherries and meaty charcuterie, enriched with a touch of vanilla bean. Its texture exhibits a stony, slate-like quality, interwoven with fine lines of acidity and gentle, velvety tannins.

Greenock Creek Mataro 2021

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Greenock Creek Mataro 2021

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