Project Description

GREENOCK SHIRAZ

This is where it all began. Greenock Shiraz was the first Zitta wine ever produced and remains the pinnacle of the Zitta range.

Dedicated to the memory of wine maker Angelo De Fazio’s father Gaspere (pictured), Greenock Shiraz is a single-vineyard wine using select pickings from a block of old, low-yielding Shiraz vines running along the Greenock Creek. The fruit is open-top fermented, basket pressed and matured for 24 months in new French Oak barrels. A powerful, but elegant wine of great sophistication.

The wine is specifically made for long-term cellaring, with all tannins and tartrates retained at bottling to ensure the development of greater complexity and integration of flavours over time.

VINTAGES

GROWING SEASON


2017 was a stunning season. The vines got off to a fantastic start with a wetter than average Winter and mild Spring. Summer brought typically average warm conditions with some excellent rainfall, twice the average. This kept the vines in superb condition for steady ripening into Autumn which remained dry with warm sunny days and cool nights. Yields from 2017 are good and quality is exceptional.

VINEYARD


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.

WINE MAKING


The 2017 Greenock Shiraz was harvested between the 14th & 22nd of March, and the grapes gently de-stemmed into small open-top fermenters. The grapes were fermented for eight to ten days on skins, where hand-pump overs twice daily. The must was traditionally pressed and immediately filled to new and seasoned French oak hogsheads, where it completed fermentation and matured for 24 months prior to bottling.

TASTING NOTES


Our 2017 Greenock Shiraz is deep purple-black in colour. The aromatics are profoundly engaging. There are hints of rose, clove spice and ripe cherry. Very captivating the palate is full-bodied with delightful finesse reflecting the cooler 2017 vintage. Richly flavoured with ripe red and black fruits, licorice and spice. Cedar and French oak is evident and well poised adding further complexity. The natural tannins add structure whilst being perfectly integrated. A very long finish of pristine fruit completes this very polished and stylish Shiraz. 2017 Greenock is a superb wine that will ultimately benefit from a decade or two in the cellar.

GROWING SEASON


2016 was hot and dry resulting in grapes ripening earlier than average. Winter and Spring rainfall was down by 38% whilst growing season temperatures were up by 3 degrees. Some welcome rain came at the end of January refreshing the vines and giving them good moisture to ripen to maturity. Yields from 2016 are solid and importantly quality is stunning. 2016 is certainly a star vintage with bright intense wines of great flavour intensity and inherent balance.

VINEYARD


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.

WINE MAKING


The 2016 Greenock Shiraz was harvested between the 10th & 19th of March, and the grapes gently de-stemmed into small open-top fermenters. The grapes were fermented for eight to ten days on skins, where hand-pump overs twice daily. The must was traditionally pressed and immediately filled to new and seasoned French oak hogsheads, where it completed fermentation and matured for 24 months prior to bottling.

TASTING NOTES


2016 Greenock Shiraz is dense black in colour. On the nose there are intense but bright aromatics of dark berry fruits, rose florals, fragrant spice and cedar. Powerful, yet elegant, the rich palate is full-bodied and exquisitely balanced. The dominant pristine dark fruit is intertwined with classy French oak as well as traces of spice and licorice. Fine natural tannins add structure and definition to this multi-layered Shiraz that overall presents a silky texture and stylish profile. The finish is extraordinarily long with the sleek fruits continuing almost endlessly. 2016 Greenock a superb wine that will ultimately benefit from a decade or two in the cellar.

GROWING SEASON


2015 produced excellent wines. It began with a wet Winter followed by a very dry growing season with less than half the average rainfall. Spring was warmer than average leading to an earlier bud burst and early vintage. Summer brought average temperatures, ensuring the dry conditions were not stressful to the vines, and a slow even ripening ensued. Quality is brilliant, certainly one of the highlights in recent years.

VINEYARD


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.

WINE MAKING


The 2015 Greenock Shiraz was harvested between the 7th & 15th of March, and the grapes gently de-stemmed into small open-top fermenters. The grapes were fermented for eight to ten days on skins, where hand-pump overs twice daily. The must was traditionally pressed and immediately filled to new and seasoned French oak hogsheads, where it completed fermentation and matured for 24 months prior to bottling.

TASTING NOTES


2015 is dark red-purple in colour. Freely emanating from the glass are inviting and complex aromatics that linger in the glass. Dark cherries, and blackcurrant are complemented with cedar and crushed herbs. The palate is sophisticated and filling. Richly layered with dark fruits and ample generosity. These ripe black fruits are balanced with smart oak and bright natural acidity. Tannins are pronounced but extremely fine and integrated adding structure and liveliness. Completing this distinguished Shiraz is an incredibly long finish. 2015 Greenock is a superb wine that will ultimately benefit from a decade or two in the cellar.

GROWING SEASON


2014 was an excellent year. The wines from 2014 are strong with deep and vibrant colour, excellent fruit definition and solid but integrated tannin structure ensuring longevity for the wines. The 2014 growing season began with slightly above average Winter rainfall however Spring and early Summer were very dry with 40% less rain than normal. Temperatures were also up with the Spring/Summer growing season being an average of 2 degrees C warmer. However, this dry and warm season changed dramatically in mid February with 100mm of rain falling, the wettest February day in 45 years. The rain slowed the ripening of the grapes considerably, but average mild temperatures followed in March (25.7 degrees C) which ensured good flavour and moderate sugar development producing outstanding quality.

VINEYARD


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.

WINE MAKING


The 2014 Greenock Shiraz was harvested between the 5th & 12th of March, and the grapes gently de-stemmed into small open-top fermenters. The grapes were fermented for eight to ten days on skins, where hand-pump overs twice daily. The must was traditionally pressed and immediately filled to new and seasoned French oak hogsheads, where it completed fermentation and matured for 24 months prior to bottling.

TASTING NOTES


This wine is inky opaque crimson in colour. The aroma displays big obvious fruits including cherries, plums and blackcurrants. There’s also a slight whiff of liquorice. After time, sweet spice emerges as well as some charming oak. The palate confirms the complexity and expectation inferred by the aroma. The first sip gives you an abundance of freshly picked ripe blackcurrant. Full-bodied and mouth-filling, there is a great touch of fine natural tannin towards the end adding further complexity. The finish is what’s expected from this a claimed Shiraz, very lengthy. Extremely enjoyable now, but this wine will go for years well into the next decade.

GROWING SEASON


2013 was a great quality year. However, yields were very low as a result of a very dry season, with less than half the normal growing season rainfall. It was also warmer than average with the dry and warm conditions resulting in vintage being three weeks earlier than normal. Importantly though, quality was amazing. Wines are rich, mouth filling and extremely lengthy.

VINEYARD


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.

WINE MAKING


The 2013 Greenock Shiraz was harvested between the 9th & 14th of March, and the grapes gently de-stemmed into small open-top fermenters. The grapes were fermented for eight to ten days on skins, where hand-pump overs twice daily. The must was traditionally pressed and immediately filled to new and seasoned French oak hogsheads, where it completed fermentation and matured for 24 months prior to bottling.

TASTING NOTES


2013 Greenock is as dark, opaque crimson red with purple hues. The aroma is inviting to the nose. There are tiers of purple fruits, violets, and berries interlaced with some savoury notes of spicy and cedar. x. The palate displays classic dry-grown intensity and style. This is an intellectual wine with so much going on. Opening with rich fruit weight of blackberry this subsides to many layers of spice. Tannins are fine and tight knit, penetrating the entire palate adding stylish definition and together with bright but integrated acid, hold this immensely dense wine together. A very lengthy finish completes this distinguished Barossa Valley Shiraz. Very balanced for such a robust wine, the 2013 Greenock will ultimately benefit from a couple decades in the cellar.

GROWING SEASON


Vintage 2012 was a fantastic year. The wines from 2012 are outstanding and up there with 2010 and a good vintage to have in the cellar. Vintage 2012 began with a good growing season of moderate rainfall and normal temperatures. Summer and Autumn were perfect with generally warm sunny days and only a few heat periods but nothing extreme. The weather was generally dry with an occasional shower of rain refreshing the vines and keeping things fresh. The perfect mid-high 20s weather ensured the grapes ripened steadily and evenly producing outstanding quality..

VINEYARD


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.

WINE MAKING


The 2012 Greenock Shiraz was harvested in two picks 1st & 8th March, and the grapes gently de-stemmed into small open-top fermenters. The grapes were fermented for eight to nine days on skins, with hand plunging during the first 3 days and hand pump-overs twice daily. The must was traditionally basket-pressed and immediately filled to new and seasoned French oak hogsheads, where it completed fermentation and matured for 24 months prior to bottling without fining or filtration.

TASTING NOTES


2012  Greenock Shiraz is dense opaque black in colour. On the nose there are intense rich dark berry fruits, floral perfume, blueberry, nutmeg spice, cedar, black olive, roasted coffee and herbs. Powerful and yet elegant at the same time, the rich palate is full-bodied and superbly balanced. Pristine dark fruit is complimented with subtle barrel ferment characters adding complexity. Fine natural tannins add structure and definition to this multi-layered Shiraz. A long lasting finish completes this distinguished and stylish wine. Greenock Shiraz is a tribute to the De Fazio vineyard that whilst drinks well upon release but will ultimately benefit from a decade or more in the cellar.

GROWING SEASON


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.

VINEYARD


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.

WINE MAKING


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.

TASTING NOTES


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.

GROWING SEASON


2010 was an outstanding vintage – one of the best of the decade. Yields were about average across the vineyard, although slightly lower for blocks on hard ground. These blocks, however, produced extremely good fruit, with berries staining hands just from handling them. It was a steady vintage with ideal warm Autumn days and cool nights. Fruit ripened perfectly, was picked at optimum time and brilliant wine has resulted. Truly a standout vintage.

VINEYARD


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.

WINE MAKING


The grapes for the 2010 Greenock  Shiraz were hand picked in three small parcels from March 1st to 18th, and the grapes gently de-stemmed into small open-top fermenters. The grapes were fermented for 12 days on skins, with hand pump-overs twice daily. The must was basket-pressed and immediately filled to new and seasoned French and American oak hogsheads, where it completed fermentation and matured for 24 months prior to bottling without fining or filtration.

TASTING NOTES


2010 Greenock Shiraz is dark black in colour. On the nose there are pristine aromatics of inviting red and black fruits, cedar, herbs, blueberry, nutmeg and perfume of wild violet. The palate is full-bodied, rich and superbly balanced, with bright but dark fruits and subtle barrel-ferment characters. Extremely stylish and elegant but still powerful, purity of fruit is the driver of this wine. Natural tannins are fine, soft and integrated, adding seamless structure. A very lengthy finish completes this distinguished wine. Greenock Shiraz is a superb wine that, while drinking well upon release, will ultimately benefit from a decade or more in the cellar.

GROWING SEASON


2009 was a brilliant vintage, with ideal ripening conditions, great quality and moderate yields. The growing season started cooler than average and was followed by a short heat period in late January and early February to push the grapes along, before perfect Autumnal weather (mid-to-high 20s) prevailed for the remaining vintage. Rainfall during the growing season was also perfect, with just enough rain to maintain vines in excellent condition. Overall a great vintage.

VINEYARD


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.

WINE MAKING


The 2009 Greenock Shiraz vines were harvested in two parcels from March 2nd to 14th, with the grapes gently de-stemmed into a small open-top fermenter. The grapes were fermented for nine days on skins, with hand pump-overs two-to-three times daily. The must was basket-pressed and immediately filled to new and seasoned French and American oak hogsheads, where it completed fermentation and matured for 24 months prior to bottling without fining or filtration.

TASTING NOTES


2009 Greenock Shiraz is dark purple-black in colour. On the nose there are powerful aromatics of bright red and black fruits, floral perfume, briar, cedar, savoury spice and sweet herbs. The palate is full-bodied and sophisticated, displaying purity of fruit and subtle barrel-ferment characters. Stylish and elegant but with great intensity, this is a classy Shiraz. Natural tannins are fine and integrated, adding structure and poise. Elegant but solid, this discerning wine is completed by an amazingly lengthy finish. Greenock Shiraz is a superb wine that, while drinking well upon release, will ultimately benefit from a decade or more in the cellar.

GROWING SEASON


2008 was an extremely hot and dry vintage. There were superb ripening conditions until March when the Barossa experienced its biggest heatwave of all time with 15 days in a row over 35 degrees celcius. Fortunately, the majority of the grapes were harvested by this time so were not overtly affected. Overall 2008 is a very good vintage, with average yields and great quality.

VINEYARD


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.

WINE MAKING


The grapes were picked in two parcels from February 25th to March 7th. After picking, the grapes were gently de-stemmed into small open-top fermenters. Each batch was fermented warm with hand pump-overs twice a day for an average ferment time of nine days prior to basket 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.

TASTING NOTES


The 2008 Greenock Shiraz is opaque black in colour. The nose is greeted by rich aromatics of black fruits, savoury spice, liquorice, nutmeg and dark chocolate, with a pleasant hint of wild violet carrying through. The palate is rich and full bodied with purity of fruit. Dark fruits abound and coat all reaches of the mouth. Natural tannins are fine and dusty, but very well integrated. The wine displays a beautiful mouth feel with perfect harmony of fruit, natural tannin and subtle barrel-ferment characters. This silky but solid wine is completed with a truly amazing length. Stylish and pure, this is a superb wine that, while drinking well upon release, will ultimately benefit from a decade or more in the cellar.

GROWING SEASON


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.

VINEYARD


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.

WINE MAKING


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.

TASTING NOTES


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.

GROWING SEASON


The 2006 growing season was interesting and diverse and can’t be summed up as either cool, hot, wet or dry as it was all of these in one. Spring and early Summer were extremely wet and windy and this was then followed in mid January by the biggest heatwave since the 1940s. Fortunately this heat was early enough in the season to not be detrimental. After this heat, cooler conditions prevailed to the end of Summer. Another warm and dry period in early Autumn helped the grapes ripen and mature good flavours. Cool, wet conditions prevailed late in the season resulting in vibrant fresh fruit flavours being retained and predominating in the grapes.

VINEYARD


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.

WINE MAKING


The Shiraz vines were hand-picked on March 23rd and the grapes gently de-stemmed into a small open-top fermenter. The grapes were fermented for 12 days on skins where hand pump-overs were employed twice daily. The must was pressed and immediately filled to new and seasoned French and American oak hogsheads where it completed fermentation. The wine was matured in hogsheads for 24 months prior to bottling. Greenock Shiraz is bottled unfined and unfiltered.

TASTING NOTES


2006 Greenock Shiraz is dark black in colour. On the nose there are pristine aromatics of inviting red and black fruits, cedar, herbs, blueberry, chocolate and perfume. The palate is full-bodied and superbly balanced with bright but dark fruits and subtle oak characters. Extremely stylish and elegant but still powerful, purity of fruit is at the heart of this wine. Savoury flavours add further complexity and interest. The silky tannins are ripe, fine and integrated, adding seamless structure. A very lengthy finish completes this distinguished wine. Greenock is a superb Shiraz that, while drinking well upon release, will ultimately benefit from a decade or more in the cellar.

GROWING SEASON


The 2005 growing season started with a wet Winter and Spring, providing excellent moisture for the vines. A cooler than average Summer with no heatwaves resulted in gradual ripening and retained natural acidity in the grapes. A dry, mild to warm Autumn with sunny days provided ideal ripening conditions to finish the grapes to maturity. A good vintage with intense flavours.

VINEYARD


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.

WINE MAKING


The grapes were picked in separate batches over 12 days from February 27th to March 9th. All grapes come from the same individual vineyard blocks. After picking, the grapes were de-stemmed into open-top fermenters. Each batch was fermented warm with hand pump-overs twice a day for 8 to 10 days on skins prior to pressing. After pressing off skins the wines were filled to 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, unfined and unfiltered.

TASTING NOTES


Greenock Shiraz 2005 is deep purple-black in colour. Bright and lifted, the bouquet displays characters of blackberry, cherry, fruit cake, plum, mocha and spice. These ripe black fruit flavours continue to the powerfully flavoured full-bodied palate. Driven by intense fruit purity, the palate is complemented with subtle oak barrel characters. The natural tannins are fine, adding structure to support the strong fruit. With layers of complexity, this is a very a very pure, but sophisticated wine of great balance, that is completed by a solid lingering finish. Greenock is a Shiraz that has a long cellaring future.

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