2007 was a drought affected vintage with a warm growing season and one of the driest Winters on record. Intermittent Summer rainfall refreshed the vines and enabled them to remain remarkably vibrant and take them through to ripening and harvest. The drought conditions resulted in reduced yields by about 30 percent but, importantly, quality from 2007 is very good.
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 three separate batches over a period of 10 days from February 22nd to March 9th. All grapes come from the same individual block. After picking, the grapes were de-stemmed into open-top fermenters. Each batch was fermented warm with hand pump-overs twice a day for an average ferment time of 11 days prior to pressing. After pressing off skins the wines were filled to new and 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 without fining or filtration.
Greenock Shiraz 2007 is deep red-black in colour. Bright aromatics of black cherry, roses, cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate emanate from the glass. The palate is full bodied and displays bright fruit flavours balanced with subtle oak complexity, A layered structure and tight, but integrated tannins add multiple dimensions. A very pure intensity brings harmonious balance to the wine. Very long to finish, this rich, seamless, sophisticated wine will reward careful cellaring.