Gibson ‘Australian Old Vine Collection’ Eden Valley Shiraz 2017

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GAOC201710 UCAU
  • A great wine with good ageing potential.
  • Lifted sweet Shiraz berry characters on the nose
  • A quite amazing wine.
  • 1 or more bottles
    $124.99
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  • Gary Walsh
    95 points
  • Nick Butler
    93 points

Editors notes

A superb vintage of generally mild temperatures after a hot November. Generally fine through harvest with some showers in mid March. Rich wines were made from Shiraz and the Old Vines performed reliably, showing real class in the wines made.

Lifted sweet Shiraz berry characters on the nose with interesting notes of vanilla and blackberries.

The palate is svelte, medium weight and very complex and shows all the hall-marks of great Shiraz treated with good oak maturation to produce a great wine with good aging potential. It shows ample aroma, fruit balanced with perfect acidity and assuring dry tannins for aging potential.

The finish is long and generous, leaving spicy berry flavours lingering on the palate.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Gary Walsh

    95
    "Hangs out for 30 months in French Oak. Not sure which vineyard it might come from, but the vines were planted in the early part of the last century. Ripe blue and black fruit, coffee, spice and sage. It’s dense and tightly packed with fine tannin, sweet in blackcurrant and blueberry fruit, some coffee and mint, but comes over as almost medium-bodied, with quiet succulence of fruit, and a very long spicy finish, with vanilla and salted praline as it goes. Eden Valley Shiraz fanciers will be well serviced here."
  • Nick Butler

    93
    "Ruby-red colour with cherry red edges. A red berries and spice-laden nose; oak toned back, though toasty. Aniseed, cinnamon, mocha and raspberries. Cooler vintage spice and weight. A lovely, agile, (still) young Eden Valley shiraz."

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Australia

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.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhone Valley and that the variety would cook in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the region's propensity to produce world-class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Cabernet Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."

About the brand Gibson

Rob’s passion for wine began in New Zealand after a working holiday in 1974 working for Penfolds in Auckland. When he returned to Australia during the vintage of 1975, he worked in the Penfolds Cellar as a crusher operator and assistant in the red wine fermenters. This commenced a long and fruitful career for Rob over 22 years under Penfolds tutillage. In 1979 Rob was offered a Penfolds Wines Traineeship to study winemaking and viticulture at Roseworthy College by the management at the time which included the legendary Max Schubert. Rob completed his winemaking studies between 1979 and 1981.

He worked alongside Penfolds Chief Winemaker and led the dedicated Viticulture department until he left to start Gibson Wines and his international consultancy in 1997. This 22 years established Rob as a well-bred winemaker, seeing the great Penfolds wines evolve and tasting wine styles around the world as he travelled from Germany to France to Italy to South Africa and California. Today the Gibson range features a diverse selection of varieties and styles sourced from our own vineyards in Light Pass and Eden Valley and select growers. There is truly a wine for all occasions from fresh, crisp Eden Valley Riesling to fruit-forward, supple Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris. Led by Rob’s signature wine “The Dirtman” Shiraz, the Gibson reds showcase his winemaking style, achieving both high quality and good value.

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