Loose End GSM 2006
Rhone Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Australia
Color: Medium purple red.
Nose: Attractive, lifted floral aromas with hints of red beet and stewed plum.
Palate: The palate shows luscious cherry and berry fruit flavors, balanced with good acidity and firm tannin structure. The wine finishes dry with lingering berry and sweet spice flavors. Pairs well with a wide variety of foods.
Aging: Made to enjoy early and sealed with screw-cap closure to ensure vibrancy
45% Grenache, 33% Shiraz, 20% Merlot & 2% Mataro (Mourvedre)
Australian Wine Companion - "A particularly impressive example of this blend at any price, let alone this; vibrantly spicy notes run through the red and black fruits at the core of the palate, the tannins exactly weighted. Partly a tribute to ’06. Grenache/Shiraz/Merlot/Mataro. "
Loose End Winery
The Loose End range of wines is the brainchild of renowned Barossa winemaker and personality, Rob Gibson of Barossavale. Each year, Rob (or ‘Gibbo’ as he’s affectionately known) cherry picks the ‘loose ends’ of the Barossa harvest, bringing together some of the region’s best parcels of fruit to assemble a range of wines that is contemporary and truly reflective of Barossa character.
Rob Gibson has around 25 years experience making superb Barossa wines, not least of which included 20 years at Penfolds where he was involved in winemaking (with the likes of Max Schubert and John Duval) and as chief viticulturalist. In this role he was responsible for nurturing the Shiraz vines that contributed to Penfolds Grange and for the establishment the Penfolds Technical Viticultural Dept in 1992. This was a formidable background from which he launched his own company, Barossavale, to produce wines under his own label together with his wife, Anne (also with an impressive industry background).Rob also operates a thriving, international winegrowing consultancy business, through which he has access to extensive fruit sources throughout the Barossa region.
Rob’s winemaking philosophy is very much about the quality of the fruit source and, taking it back even further, the careful management of soil and water. Varieties used to make the Loose End wines are those that truly express the great character of the Barossa region, predominantly Shiraz and Grenache and blends thereof.Each harvest reveals new, exciting parcels of fruit, so the blends can change from vintage to vintage. But the focus of Loose End remains steadfast; these are wines of extraordinary quality, showing great texture, flavor intensity and a good dose of finesse. View all Loose End Wines
About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley proper. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.