Gibson Wilfreda GSM Blend 2003

Barossa Valley
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£14.95 per bottle
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92 Points - James Halliday

Much more depth than many such blends; an attractive mix of black fruits, chocolate and red fruits; supple, ripe tannins. Mourvedre/Grenache.

91 Points - Robert Parker

The 2003 Wilfreda is a gorgeously complex, southern Rhone-like red made from a blend of 52% Shiraz, 36% Mourvedre, and 12% Grenache (whose vineyards average 30 years of age). Its classic bouquet of pepper, garrigue, cassis, cherries, raspberries, plums, and earth could easily be mistaken for a high class Chateauneuf du Pape.

Taste & Aroma

Score:91

The 2003 Wilfreda is a gorgeously complex, southern Rhone-like red made from a blend of 52% Shiraz, 36% Mourvedre, and 12% Grenache (whose vineyards average 30 years of age). Its classic bouquet of pepper, garrigue, cassis, cherries, raspberries, plums, and earth could easily be mistaken for a high class Chateauneuf du Pape.

Robert Parker on Oct 31st, 2005

Producer

Rob Gibson's wine interest began whilst working for Penfolds in Auckland, New Zealand back in 1974. On his return to Australia he began working in the Penfolds Cellar which started a long and successful career spanning 22 years under Penfolds tutelage.

In 1981 and 1982 the chief winemaker of Penfolds formulated a viticulture project aimed at selecting the very best quality Shiraz grapes for Grange Hermitage production. This ground-breaking work developing new assessments and discovering new information about the production of the very best Shiraz, led to the establishment of a dedicated viticulture department. The new systems connected the vineyard block characteristics at veraison, and again prior to harvest with the resultant wine characters and its value. He led this department as the Group Viticulturist until he left to start Gibson Wines.

He now runs the Gibson winery with his wife Anne and their knowledgeable team of wine enthusiasts. They have a vineyard in the Barossa Valley at Light Pass and one in the Eden Valley and also purchase grapes from the McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. With over 40 years in the wine industry Rob’s hand-crafted wines reflect expert site selection from across the Barossa Valley and a focus on producing balanced and flavourful wines.

Gibson Wines

Region

Situated in South Australia, 60 kilometres northwest of Adelaide, lies the Barossa Valley which has been producing wine since 1842 and these days is recognised as Australia’s quintessential wine region. The hot climate mixed with the ironstone and sandstone soil in the valley, makes excellent growing conditions for grapes and in particular, Shiraz (or Syrah) which classically is full bodied with earthy and spicy notes. Over the last 15 years there has also been an increased interest in the other red Rhone varietals Grenache and Mourvedre. The non-irrigated old vineyards on the cooler west side of the valley are the most treasured and provide fruit for Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds Grange among many other top-quality bottlings.

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass

For full-bodied to powerful wines, which are expressive but also show minerality and smooth character. Accentuates complexity and finesse.
Ideal for: All types of Wine. Great as a small Red Wine Glass or an all round White Wine Glass. Adequate for Rosé too. Espeically good for: Chardonnay, Chianti, Riesling and ‘Smaragd’ – wines from the Wachau.

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