The 2018 growing season brought it all! Spring was brilliant, with the earliest flowering in Gibbston history under continuous dry and warm conditions, resulting in a fantastic fruit set. The warm dry period gave a strong and early bud push and notably our wind machine wasn’t run once. December and January were the warmest in memory and fears of a severe drought were relieved with heavy rains in February and March, allowing the berries to expand and fill out to beautiful plush bunches.
The first release of the Proprietor’s Reserve, this wine is made from 24 year old vines on our single vineyard and a portion fermented in new French oak with regular lees stirring. Light toast, grapefruit and lemongrass on the nose with subtle notes of white flowers, the wine expands into honey, quince and cardamom on the palate. Ripe sub-tropical fruit is balanced by an intense minerality typical of the Coal Pit vineyard, drawing out the palate length of this textural and generous wine.
Vineyard planted in 1994
30% fermentation in new French oak with extended lees contact
Only 1,134 bottles produced