PV Tasting Notes
Rob Gibson has crafted a superb Southern Rhône styled wine, with a bouquet of charry black fruits, which powers through the palate winding up with mineral notes and spicy oak notes on the long finish. Superb! Will improve further with time in bottle, tasted June 2007Independent Review
91 points – Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2003 Wilfreda is a gorgeously complex, southern Rhône-like red made from a blend of 52% Shiraz, 36% Mourvèdre, 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 Châteauneuf du Pape. Dense and full-bodied, with superb fruit, supple tannin, and loads of soul as well as character.
90 points – Wine Spectator
Firm in texture, generous with its minty, tarry black cherry and spicy oak flavours, lingering on the broad finish. Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Grenache.
Classic style and very versatile red will go with virtually any food but best with roast lamb, rack of lamb, cheese soufflé, beefsteak, boiled beef, beef stews, oxtail, kidneys, roast pork and alternatively venison.
Highly experienced and knowledgeable viticulturalist and winemaker Rob Gibson and his wife Anne have built a stunning winery and cellar door at Light Pass in the Barossa Valley. Called 'Gibson's Barossa Vale Wines' they are a small artisan producer of premium wines, specialising in Shiraz and Merlot blends, much of which are snapped up by a US market hungry for rich Barossa reds made by the man who once nurtured the Penfold Grange vines. Often described as “massive, a future icon” and “technically perfect” generally regarded by the serious wine press as one of the top producers of South Australia, we are proud to be involved with such a winery as this.
Fermented in static & open fermenters and matured for 18 months in 5 – 6 year old 300 litre hogsheads
Acid 6.3 g/l - pH 3.57
Residual sugar 0.2 g/l
Total Production: 530 Cases