The Australian Old Vine Collection project is taking leading winemaker and viticulturist Rob Gibson to the oldest corners of Australia’s established wine-growing regions. His self-imposed task is to identify and document and, more excitingly, vinify grapes from the remnants of original plantings in each major district. His first steps have been taken at home in the Barossa Valley. This wine is the result. The Old Vine Barossa Shiraz was an inaugural recipient of the Barossa Trust Mark, a quality stand of the highest excellence based on 5 pillars of Quality, Integrity, Origin, Community & Environment.
Production: 180 dozen
Origin of Fruit: Barossa Shiraz (100%) hand-picked from three very small 1850’s planting’s in the Barossa.
Analysis: Alcohol: 14.5% : pH: 3.47 : Acid: 6.8 : SG: 0.9948
Vintage Comments: 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.
Maturation: Small lot (0.5 – 1tonne) open fermentation with daily plunging or rack & return. Maturation was 30 months in 70% French oak barrels (70% new).