Something for the cellar – this wine is extraordinary! Straight from the Barossa Valley in South Australia, the Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz is one to please.
The opulent Roennfeldt Road Shiraz, is deep in colour with intense dark berry, mocha and dried plum, dark espresso, musky aromas and flavours, chocolaty ripe tannins and underlying savoury notes. Fruit is drawn from vines planted in the early 1900s and is vinified in open brick plastered fermenters and regularly plunged over. The free run wine and pressings are kept entirely separate to increase blending options. The wines are drained and basket “pressed off” into new seasoned American oak hogsheads. Roennfeldt Road Shiraz is matured in barrel for around 36 months before assemblage and bottling. Although the wine is plush, dense and rich, it possesses a compelling percussion and balance.
95 Points – Phillip White
“… It’s like being shot in the mouth: I tasted salty blood and bone chips. There were definite indications of grapes there once I recovered from being shot, but that took a long time. There is a lot to learn here. I think next time I try it, I’ll approach it like the vinous equivalent of Lagavulin 16 yo. Single Malt Islay Whisky, for that is close to its mighty austerity and concentration. And then it shape-changes again, and becomes a sort of XXX-rated adult dessert liqueur. It is virtually impossible to point, but I suspect this will become a much-discussed and mythologised glory by 2040.”
96 Points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
“Very deep garnet colored, the 2006 Roennfeldt Road Shiraz is profoundly scented of warm mulberries, prunes, dark chocolate and plum pudding with an undercurrent of allspice, cinnamon stick, aniseed, mincemeat and salami plus a whiff of potpourri. Very big, voluptuous and densely packed in the mouth (coming in at 17% declared alcohol), it offers a multilayered powerhouse of spice and dried fruit flavors with very crisp acid to enliven and a medium to firm level of grainy tannins to lend support. It finishes very long, spicy and a little warm. Drinking very well now, it should cellar to 2022+.”