Stablemate of the Langton’s Classified Shiraz, the flagship Cabernet is equally impressive. Large, rare, long-lived.
Producing only genuinely “Estate” wines, Greenock Creek is the lifelong labour of Michael & Annabelle Waugh. These wines are typically full of intense Barossan power, often paired with the heat to boot. Yields are, as Andrew Caillard puts it, “impossibly low” - leading to both concentration of flavour and a cultish following.
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2008 Roennfeldt Road Cabernet Sauvignon has pronounced nose of creme de cassis, fruit cake, prunes and mocha with nuances of aged meat, sandalwood and Chinese five spice. The medium-bodied palate is far less heavy than the ripeness of the nose suggests and has just enough complex, mid-palate fruit flavor supported by crisp acid and a medium to firm level of chewy tannins to hold through the finish with very good length.
92 points, Wine Advocate (April 2014)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.