Wilcox Old Vine Zibibbo
Zibibbo is another name for the grape Muscat of Alexandria.
The carefully tended old vines were planted in the 1970s – the Sidney Wilcox Homestead dates from 1906 – in a single estate comprising of limestone with red desert sand overlay.
The low yield grapes are bag pressed, cold settled and racked to ferment. A small proportion has contact with seasoned French oak, the majority is tank fermented to retain the varietal freshness.
Bright straw yellow colour. Very fragrant aromas of orange and lemon blossom with hints of bergamot. It is a dry wine (3.6g/lt residual sugar) with crisp minerality on the palate, delicate spiced muscat and citrus notes finishing with a long velvety and zippy freshness.
Crafted specifically to go with spicy fusion foods such as baked salmon and fennel, chilli crab or curries.
About the Producer
Byrne Vineyards has resulted from three generations of hard toil in the vineyards. In 1963, Eric and Romla Byrne purchased the Devlin’s Pound property near Overland Corner in South Australia and planted this limestone based vineyard to a range of grape varieties, most notably Shiraz, Cabernet and Chardonnay.
In 1995 they acquired the Morgan (Scotts Creek) vineyard which was established by then owners Penfold’s, under the guidance of Max Schubert, during the 1970s. Due its close proximity to the Barossa, excellent limestone soils and ideal climate these vineyards were for premium wine production.
Eric and Romla’s sons Rob and Terry Byrne are now joined by Rob’s daughter Petria and have continued the family passion for wine, vineyards and viticulture, Winemaker Peter Gajewski brings a wealth of experience to his role including a term as senior winemaker at Penfolds.