2003 Gibson's Australian Old Vine Collection Shiraz Magnum (1500ml)
Was $299, Now $250
Totally opaque inky black colour with a deep very dark red hue. Glorious aromas of liquorice, ripe black cherries, blackberries and dark chocolate waft from the glass over some lightly toasted vanillin oak, faint leather and spice. Well endowed, opulently textured and very rich the palate is swamped with luscious liquorice, blackberry and dark plum flavours that create a fleshy yet refined mouthfeel. Toasty vanillin oak, earthy leather characters and spice follow on. Supple velvety tannins. Outstanding power, concentration and depth with a very long conclusion of liquorice, ripe blackberries, toasty vanillin oak, earthy leather and spice. Cellared in temperature controlled conditions. Very Limited stocks.
Drink over the next 2-3 years.
First Tasted September 2005:
Totally opaque black purple colour with deep purple red hue. The nose delivers that very special perfumed lift that has been the hallmark of all the Old Vine Shiraz wines. Aroma of violets, vanilla, dark chocolate, mixed spice and ripe plum. Wave upon wave of mouthfilling flavours converge onto the palate - vanilla, plum, chocolate, blackpepper & spice are supported by very fine tannins. Exceptional length and persistence. Fine grained tannins. Aftertaste of vanilla violets, black berries, cherry ripe and dark chocolate.
Cellar 5-8 years (2010-2013)
A profound offering fashioned from 93- to 140-year-old vines, the 2003 Old Vine Collection Shiraz boasts extraordinary elegance and precision along with a deep, black raspberry and cassis-scented nose, beautiful sweetness, a peppery, spicy purity on the attack, full body, superb ripeness, decent acidity, and a long, heady, supple finish. It should drink well for a minimum of 10-15 years.
Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate # 161 (Oct 2005)