Gilbert Pinot Noir 2020
Gary Walsh92 points
Light (Light)Full (Full)
Low Tannin (Low Tannin)Tannic (Tannic)
Sweet (Sweet)Dry (Dry)
Low Acidity (Low Acidity)High Acidity (High Acidity)
- Red Fruits
- Red Cherry
Critic Scores & reviews
"I reckon they should plant Pelaverga, Trousseau, and other kinds of light bodied red grapes up in Orange. I’d like to see that. Juicy and pretty little number, all strawberry, raspberry and baking spices, with a little dried rose. It’s a playful Pinot Noir, almost jubey in its youth, but has attractive emery tannin, freshness and a finish of solid length. Nicely turned out, and likely better again with a year or two under its belt. I like it.""
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Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.
Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.
Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.
With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.
New South Wales
New South Wales, is a wine-lover's paradise with 14 official wine regions that cater to every palate. The region boasts Australia's oldest wine-producing area, the Hunter Valley, as well as newer and exciting cool climate regions like Orange, the Southern Highlands, and Tumbarumba. With its status as the second-largest wine-producing state in Australia, New South Wales attracts wine enthusiasts from around the world. However, despite its production, the region's wine consumption far outpaces its output due to its high population.
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Other regions within New South Wales, such as the Canberra District, Cowra, Gundagai, Hastings River, Hilltops, Mudgee, New England, Perricoota, Riverina, and the Shoalhaven Coast, produce some of the finest Australian wines, making New South Wales a must-visit destination for wine connoisseurs.
Not to be confused with the ‘orange wine’ category, the Orange subregion is part of the Central Ranges wine-producing zone of New South Wales, Australia. Though Orange has a long winemaking heritage, the past two decades have really seen this area’s reputation develop for high-quality wines – especially from small producers. The vineyards of Orange sit at altitudes of roughly 600 to 900 meters (sometimes even higher) above sea level on the slopes of Mount Canobolas, an extinct volcano that’s part of Australia’s Great Dividing Range. Soil types in Orange include red volcanic basalt, clay loams, and shallow gravels. Orange has a continental climate, where windy conditions can both help and hinder viticulture – they can reduce the risk of spring frosts but can hamper fruit set. Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are the predominant black-grape varieties here. Producers generally plant these vines on the lower, somewhat warmer slopes. Shiraz from Orange is typically medium-bodied, with flavours of red fruit and spices. Cabernet Sauvignon wines are likewise medium-bodied but boast black-fruit (think blackcurrant) and earthy notes. The higher-up, somewhat cooler vineyards grow primarily white grapes, including Chardonnay (the most planted variety), Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris. Orange Chardonnay wines typically boast aromas and flavours of citrus fruit and stone fruit. They are medium-bodied and high in acid.
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About the brand Gilbert Family Wines
Simon Gilbert – Winemaker
As his friends, mentors and previous employees have gone on to international acclaim, Dad has quietly continued doing what he loves, away from the limelight… crafting great wine for you all to enjoy! Wine of purity, elegance and vibrancy. Wine that is varietally true to itself, clean and technically sound.
It’s a real honour to be working side by side with him, someone of his calibre who is revered by so many of his contemporaries. Dad has had a significant impact on the career of countless young winemakers across the countryside and I feel incredibly fortunate to be one of those. He gets real enjoyment in shaping and contributing to the careers of the new generation in the wine industry, something that is a true testament to his character. Dad is always willing to share his wisdom and expertise with whoever is asking and I know I am the lucky one that’s able to pick his brains everyday!
His passion for the industry is clear and unwavering. 40+ years on from when he first hosed out a press and dug out his first fermenter he continues to strive for excellence in his wines, regardless of what it takes.
He is a real perfectionist and someone who loves what vintage brings out in himself and also those people under his guidance. If I end up being half the winemaker Simon is, I’ll be happy. — WILL GILBERT
"I would consider Simon to be in the limited number of the very top bracket of Australian winemakers with a perceptive and analytical palate to match his technical skills."
- Brian Croser, Founder And Ex Chief Winemaker Of Petaluma. Founder, Principal And Winemaker Tappanappa.