Vintage 2011 was the wettest growing season the Barossa has experienced for decades, with double the normal rainfall. It was also much cooler, resulting in a longer ripening process and vintage being about three weeks later than normal. However, once vintage began in mid March, April was dry and warm with fantastic ripening conditions to give a perfect finish to the vintage.
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 2011 Greenock Shiraz was harvested in two picks from March 3rd to 7th, and the grapes gently de-stemmed into small open-top fermenters. The grapes were fermented for eight to nine days on skins, with hand pump-overs twice daily. The must was traditionally basket-pressed and immediately filled to new seasoned French and American oak hogsheads, where it completed fermentation and matured for 24 months prior to bottling without fining or filtration.
The 2011 Greenock Shiraz is deep red-black in colour. The aroma is powerful and inviting, with notes of black and red ripe fruit of black cherry, plum, fruit cake, milk chocolate, sweet spice, clove and pepper. The palate is full-bodied with generous flavours of red and black berries and plum together with chocolate, coffee and spice, complemented by subtle barrel characters. Natural tannins are prominent, but rounded and well integrated, adding solid structure. Layered and complex, Greenock is completed by a dry, lingering finish. This is an elegant, sophisticated wine that is worthy of cellaring for many years.