With a very deep garnet color, the 2006 Shiraz is a little less ripe giving earthier, meatier, tar, bacon and mushroom aromas over the core of warm cassis and dried Provence herbs. The palate is less generous with high acid and firm fine tannins going long in the finish. Drinking now, this wine should keep through 2016.ff
Greenstone Vineyard is a new operation conceived of several wine masterminds: Mark Walpole, an Australian viticulturalist, David Gleave, an MW and importer / distributor in the UK and Alberto Antonini, an Italian winemaker. Wanting to do everything their way, ten hectares of Shiraz vines were planted in 2003 and one hectare of Shiraz in 2005 at high density (4500 vines per hectare) and at an east-west orientation, which they say offers some protection from the sun and results in “livelier” fruit. These early results are indeed promising.