The 2005 growing season started with a wet Winter and Spring, providing excellent moisture for the vines. A cooler than average Summer with no heatwaves resulted in gradual ripening and retained natural acidity in the grapes. A dry, mild to warm Autumn with sunny days provided ideal ripening conditions to finish the grapes to maturity. A good vintage with intense flavours.
Zitta Greenock Shiraz is sourced from the oldest vines on the De Fazio Vineyard. The block is located on the edge of the Greenock Creek. The history of this block dates back to 1864 when the first shiraz vines were planted. Cuttings from the original vines have been used to re-establish this block, which consists of deep red clay over iron stone and quartz. The vines are low yielding, cropping at 1 tonne per acre and less in dry years.
The grapes were picked in separate batches over 12 days from February 27th to March 9th. All grapes come from the same individual vineyard blocks. After picking, the grapes were de-stemmed into open-top fermenters. Each batch was fermented warm with hand pump-overs twice a day for 8 to 10 days on skins prior to pressing. After pressing off skins the wines were filled to seasoned French and American oak hogsheads. The wines completed primary fermentation and underwent natural malolactic fermentation in-barrel. The wine was matured in-barrel for 24 months prior to bottling, unfined and unfiltered.
Greenock Shiraz 2005 is deep purple-black in colour. Bright and lifted, the bouquet displays characters of blackberry, cherry, fruit cake, plum, mocha and spice. These ripe black fruit flavours continue to the powerfully flavoured full-bodied palate. Driven by intense fruit purity, the palate is complemented with subtle oak barrel characters. The natural tannins are fine, adding structure to support the strong fruit. With layers of complexity, this is a very a very pure, but sophisticated wine of great balance, that is completed by a solid lingering finish. Greenock is a Shiraz that has a long cellaring future.