Greenock is higher in elevation than regions to the east and wetter than regions to the north. The soils are predominantly deep red-brown earths which shallow on the hills and ironstone is wider spread.
The shiraz from Greenock is very dark in colour, flavours are dark fruits such as black cherries, blackberries and plum. The wines tend to be full bodied and rounded in their tannins. They are often described as complete wines, structured and starting to take on the muscular character or wines coming from regions to the north.
Lying directly to the east of Seppeltsfield subregion the soils of Marananga have much in common with Seppeltsfield. Although there are patches of read loan and ironstone there is also quite large areas of pink quartzite. This highly fractured base and allows the roots to penetrate deeply in the intermingled loamy soil.
The open and restrained canopies grown in the is region allow light to penetrate the canopies and the resulting grapes are full flavoured and deep robust in colour. The wines are saturated with colour and intense berry fruit flavours are complemented with savory notes.
SUB-REGIONS OF THE BAROSSA
Ebenezer is one of the warmest and driest of the subregions. However, the region is one of the highest and furthest from the sea making for cooler winters and a shorter growing season. The soils are predominantly ironstone over fine red clays.
The wines from this region are known for their ageing ability. They tend to be bigger and more robust than regions to the south and flavours tend to be in the riper spectrum of fruitcake, plum and mulberry.
An undulating area of land that lies between Tanunda to the east and Greenock to the west. The soils tend to be loamy and complex due to the erosion that has taken place over the years. Clay soils are deeper in the valleys and the hills present a number of different topographies. Overall, the vines are tested by the heat and water availability. Canopies are small and the grapes easily reach optimum ripeness.
Wines from this area are deep inky black in colour. The palates tend to be more elegant that neighbouring sub regions to the east and north. Lifted black fruits such as blackberry and mulberry tend to dominate.
The township is in the north east part of the Barossa Valley. The soils are a continuation of the red ironstone soils that sweep across the west and north of the valley.
The wines produced in this region have deep rich red colours and lashings of berry fruit flavours.