Gibson Wines ‘Discovery Road’ ‘Il Minestrone’ 2019


Terrific value red from the Barossa – $25 is almost giving this away. Really liked it, but it is a curious thing. I have no idea what the coloured weird label is supposed to represent. Perhaps an Italian tablecloth (que Billy Joel in the background)? This is a real fruit salad style, a blend of shiraz, tempranillo, montepulciano, nero d’avola, merlot and grenache that spent 16 months in a mix of hogsheads. 

Colour is opaque with purple hints. A dense, coiled, brooding style of your traditional big red from the Barossa. A hearty, rich dish would be ideal to bring out the flavours of this wine, hence the name. The wine offers notes of mulberries, chocolate, dried fruits, but remains fresh. Bold, full of flavour and with a future, but I’d suggest that a big steaming Italian feast should be in that future.