Spring release Halliday reviews 2023

Our spring release accompanies the official start of that most charming of seasons. With winter pruning well behind us, it’s a time when all eyes are on the vineyard as we begin to move into a time of growth. 

It’s also a moment when we get to share with you the labours of years past, and this year’s spring release is one that we’re immensely proud of. Coming from a set of excellent vintages, the wines are classic Greenock Creek with the added quality enhancement of subtle refinements in both vineyard and winery.

It’s early for reviews on these, but the Halliday Wine Companion’s Dave Brookes has broken the ice with seven gold-medal-level reviews across the ten wines released, including a 97 for our 2018 ‘Roennfeldt Road’ Shiraz.

New release wines will be available for purchase from 1st September. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to make contact with us.



Greenock Creek Mataro 2021

Mataro sourced from the Radford Road vineyard in the western parish of Seppeltsfield; matured for 13 months in 50/50% seasoned French and American oak hogsheads. Vibrant crimson in colour with notes of black plum, blueberry and black cherry along with hints of game meats, exotic spice, charcuterie and turned earth. Chewy, fine tannin frame and plenty of black-fruited flesh and the telltale wild herbs and garrigue that ring true for the variety. Finishes long.

93 Points, Dave Brookes - Halliday Wine Companion

Greenock Creek Casey’s Block Shiraz 2021

The 2010-planted Casey’s block, which runs parallel to Alice's block, occupies some prime Seppeltsfield real estate. I guess you could call this one of Greenock Creek's 'entry level' wines, though it punches well above that weight class. Packed with intensely concentrated liqueur cherry and plum fruits with spice and hints of roasting meats, pressed flowers, dark chocolate, espresso and dried stone fruits. Toothsome tannins and a rich, velvety exit wrap up proceedings.

92 Points, Dave Brookes - Halliday Wine Companion

Greenock Creek Alices Shiraz 2021

Greenock Creek wines always present themselves as intensely concentrated examples of their particular slice of the western Barossa. Initially, there is a quick blast of blackberry pastille in this year's release, which gives way to opulent blackberry and cherry fruits with hints of baking spices, dark chocolate-dipped raspberries and pressed purple flowers. If you peer deep into the distance, there are some liminal leathery/mahogany notes, too, wrapping the ripe, long tannins in a warm embrace. As always, mighty impressive stuff.

95 Points, Dave Brookes - Halliday Wine Companion

Greenock Creek Seven Acre Shiraz 2020

Shiraz sourced from 1993 plantings at the Greenock Creek estate in Seppeltsfield. Deeply coloured with broody-edged characters of blackberry, black cherry and dark plum with hints of roasting meats, olive tapenade, cedar, vanilla, blueberry pie, fruitcake, ironstone, dark chocolate, licorice and violets. Toothsome and textured, compact in tannin with surprising vivacity and acid cadence, focusing and accelerating on the back palate before exiting with a rich, black-fruited roostertail. Woah!

95 Points, Dave Brookes - Halliday Wine Companion

Greenock Creek ‘Creek Block’ Shiraz 2020

Hand harvested fruit from 80-year-old dry-grown vines on the estate vineyard in Seppeltsfield. Some serious flexing of the shiraz muscles here with superb fruit intensity and density. Pure and opulent yet showing clarity and a vivid line despite its proportions. Cassis and macerated plums, layered spice, licorice, dark chocolate and earth. Tight, kinetic tannins and a toothsome finish that shows surprising balance for the level of horsepower within. Impressive stuff.

96 Points, Dave Brookes - Halliday Wine Companion

Greenock Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

Sourced from a 1991-planted, 1.6h block of cabernet sauvignon that sits on the western side of Greenock Creek. Nary a herbaceous note in sight, the wine presents a rolling swell of red and blackberry and cherry fruits, cut with spice and cedar along with hints of crème de cassis, roasting game and turned earth. Fine, toothsome tannins and a bright sapid line of acidity provide ample cadence and support, finishing long, spicy and awash in pure fruit.

95 Points, Dave Brookes - Halliday Wine Companion



 Greenock Creek Apricot Block Shiraz 2021

Named after an old orchard that was removed and planted out to shiraz in 1995, the Apricot block, for my schnoz at least, quite often presents as one of the broodier offerings in the Greenock Creek quiver. Characters of blackberry and cherry, prune, brandied fruits and macerated plums cut with spice, dried citrus rind and earth with a fine, chocolatey tannin bite and a crème de cassis-like intensity to the fruit on the finish.

95 Points, Dave Brookes - Halliday Wine Companion

Greenock Creek Cornerstone Grenache 2022

Sourced from an old block of bush vines on the edge of Greenock Creek's Roennfeldt Road estate. As is the Greenock Creek style, this wine is not shy on concentration or alcohol. The winery seems to be able to produce balanced wines at some pretty heady levels of horsepower. Packed with red plum, raspberry and mulberry fruits, exotic spice, gingerbread, earth and citrus blossom top notes, compact fine tannin and a super-concentrated swoosh of plummy fruit on the finish.

92 Points, Dave Brookes - Halliday Wine Companion


Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Cabernet sauvignon sourced from 120-year-old vines in Seppeltsfield. Greenock Creek's flagship cabernet sauvignon is an impressive beast, showing remarkable freshness for the levels of concentration and fruit weight. Insanely opulent blackberry, blackcurrant and black cherry fruits, deeply layered spice, cedar, tobacco leaf, licorice, herbs, fruitcake and cassis. Everything is framed by ferrous tannins and bright acidity, and the finish shows great sustain, latent power and balance.

96 Points, Dave Brookes - Halliday Wine Companion


Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz 2018

Shiraz sourced from 120-year-old vines on the Greenock Creek estate in western Barossa. Concentration is always a leitmotif for this estate, but there is freshness and vitality, too, and that is what I dig about the wines. Super-ripe blackberry and black cherry fruits, fruitcake, espresso, prune juice, rum and raisin chocolate, roasting meats and Dutch licorice. Textured and velvety with compact chocolatey tannins. An altogether impressive wine that drinks beautifully.

97 Points, Dave Brookes - Halliday Wine Companion