By Deborah Jackson, editor National Liquor News

Rob Gibson will celebrate the Australian release of his personal pride and joy, the 2008 Bin 60 Barossa Valley Cabernet Shiraz, with a trade tasting at Aqua Dining.

The tasting will be held next Wednesday 25th July from 5:30pm and all members of the trade are welcome to attend.

Bin 60 is a one-off special bottling that was created to celebrate Gibson’s 60th birthday in 2011. It is a super-premium wine with an LUC of $180. An exceptional blend of Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Eden Valley Shiraz, it is from a great vintage and two phenomenal vineyards.

The wine is vibrant opaque and a near black colour with purple hues. It has a lifted, very complex nose of molasses, with ripe berry, herb and spice aromas. The palate is lively, bright and powerful with charming fruit sweetness and finishes beautifully dry with lingering vinosity.

Gibson told TheShout that he was “staking his credibility on this wine”, which produced just 1500 numbered bottles, and is “crazy special”.

“To keep a wine in the museum for 10 years with nothing other than test marketing is something crazy special.”

“We talk about Grange at four years of age for drinking after seven years. As an ex Penfolds bloke of some 22 years, this is my alternative – a superlatively palatable wine at release after 10 years, with enormous ageing potential.

“It was a personal indulgence to make and then gift 500 unnumbered bottles to friends and sexagenarians… reaching 60 being something to really celebrate professionally in my view.

“No doubt I am staking my credibility on this wine so buyers can be confident that it will be a special experience.

The tasting at Aqua Dining will also see the release of the second year of the ‘Riesling Project’, a special collaboration wine between Gibson and his friend, award winning winemaker Andrew Wigan.

“To have a mate who is Australia’s champion Riesling winemaker able to help make my Riesling is also something special,” said Gibson.

“Andrew Wigan (Wiggo) has won more gold medals for Riesling than most in the Aussie winemaking scene… John Vickery excluded. A couple of good years in the vineyard have helped of course.”

“Eden Valley Riesling makers are now working collaboratively to position Riesling back up there as the classic wine that we know it is… with its long window of interesting development. We associate Riesling with the best that we do, right up alongside our super reds.”

The trade tasting will be held at Aqua Dining on Wednesday 25th July from 5:30pm. Both Andrew Wigan and Rob Gibson will be there showing their wines.

All trade are welcome. Contact Daryl Fisher at Fisher Fine Wines to RSVP on or 0450 924 445.

Deborah Jackson

Deb joined Intermedia in 2015 as Editor of National Liquor News and Deputy Editor of The Shout. Since then, she has also worked as the Editor of Beer & Brewer and the New Zealand title, World of Wine....

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