2021 Gilbert Family Wine, Blanc + Rouge, From Wiradjuri Country, Central Ranges, NSW
The Gilbert family is a terrific story, one of the best, in fact.
Their story stretches back to origins in the Eden Valley in 1839, where the first Gilberts are responsible for plantings way back then. Today, father and son Gilbert are fifth and sixth generation winemakers who together toil their talent in Orange, NSW and its surrounds, and together, the master and his apprentice are creating their own legacy in a bottle.
The white wine is a blend, hence the ‘Blanc’ - Riesling, Pinot Gris and the ever-unpronounceable Gewürztraminer. All aromatic and viscous varietals, not dissimilar from those hailing from the Alsace region of Western France. A crunchy, layer laden delight with lemon at the fore, some pear from the riesling and shrewd lychee from the Gewürz. Imagine running down a grassy knoll with your feet sinking gently into the soft turf and you fall face first into a dense, flowery bush. That’s ‘Blanc’ in a glass and I love it.
The red is also a blend, hence the ‘Rouge’ - Pinot Meunier and Shiraz. The use of Meunier, rarely seen in Australia is evident Burgundy has played a part in Will’s development. From the high-altitude vineyards of Orange, comes the deft, delectable, red fruited prettiness of Pinot Meunier, and from the warmth of the Mudgee basin, the hefty, dark fruited substance of Shiraz. A clever and alluring wine, balanced as a ballet dancer doing the mambo.