Alices (plural, not possessive) is named for the mother and favourite aunt, respectively, of Greenock Creek vignerons Annabelle & Michael Waugh.
From Greenock Creek’s largest single vineyard, with characteristic tiny yields, this is concentrated Barossa Shiraz flavour manifest. The vines were planted in 1997. Fruit goes into a mixture of old and new American hogsheads, and is matured for 27 months on average, with no filtration or fining as it is bottled.
The soils of Alices vineyard impart a deep mineral earthiness to this intense red. Bright fruits—think raspberry and black cherry—mingle with anise and mocha, to build an energetic and pleasingly structured Barossa red. Its refreshing line of acid makes it ideal for dining (but it’s also a star in its own right).
Powerful, elegant, fresh, complex and long–this single vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz will not be beaten on value.
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.