2004 Greenock Creek Alice’s Shiraz, The Finest Wine I have tasted so far in 2024

Neal McMahonRed Wine, Shiraz/Syrah, South Australia, Wine Tastings

The 2004 Greenock Creek Alice’s Shiraz is a standout example of Barossa Valley winemaking, showcasing the power and elegance for which this region is renowned.
I actually thought this wine might be corked as the cork had a small leak.(see picture)


In the glass, this Shiraz presents a deep, inky purple color with hints of garnet at the rim, indicating its maturity and depth.


The nose is intensely aromatic, offering a rich bouquet of ripe blackberries, dark plums, and blueberries. These fruit aromas are beautifully interwoven with notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and a hint of smoky oak. There are also subtle traces of earthiness and spice, including black pepper and clove, adding complexity and lots of intrigue.


On the palate, the 2004 Alice’s Shiraz is full-bodied and Opulent. The dark fruit flavors are lush and concentrated, with blackberries, plums, and blueberries leading the charge. Layers of dark chocolate and espresso add a luxurious touch, while the well-integrated oak provides a smooth, velvety texture. The spice notes from the nose carry through to the palate, with black pepper and clove enhancing the wine’s complexity.

The tannins are firm but well-rounded, providing structure and balance without overpowering the fruit. The acidity is perfectly judged, giving the wine a freshness that keeps it lively and prevents it from being overly heavy.


The finish is long and satisfying, with the dark fruit and chocolate flavors lingering gracefully. A hint of smoky oak and spice rounds out the experience, leaving a memorable impression.