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As a result of recently being introduced to birding by an engineering colleague, Michael Houle, Gigi International Wines' founder John Bringas named his wines after Australian birds from the region where grapes for Gigi wines are grown.

Sandra Roe, an artist from Hahndorf, South Australia, was commissioned to paint the birds in their natural habitat for our labels. Her works of art can be seen every weekend in the Glenelg market. In the near future, you will be able to purchase Sandra's original paintings of the birds that appear on our labels, from our web site. Please keep checking back to see their availability.


Rosella Shiraz


The Art: The Adelaide Rosella provides a delightful splash of colour in South Australia and often flies with deep exaggerated wingbeats. Painted by Sandra Roe, Hahndorf, SA.


The Wine:
The 2001 vintage was aged in American and French Oak for 14 months. A very complex wine of great presence, superb in structure, body and texture. The wine is ready to enjoy now, but the patience of proper cellaring for 2-5 years will be rewarded. Decanting is optional, but if you chose to do so, an hour before drinking is fine. All production was exported to Alberta.

Colour: dark maroon with a touch of red fuchsia on the edges.

Bouquet: a truly sumptuous bouquet of fruit is immediate and delightful, with a hint of deep red rose perfume.

Taste: the wine shows a balanced complexity of rich fruit ripeness with tastes of blackberry and raspberry. Its spicy oak finish and fine-grained tannins are enjoyable now, but will soften and lengthen with time in the bottle.

Food: Meats like steak, prime rib, lamb, pork, and barbequed chicken, with robust vegetables like broccoli, spinach, onions, and potatoes will match well. Hearty stews and tomato sauce pastas will have their flavours magnified with this wine.

The Region: Adelaide Plains

The fertile Adelaide Plains is located between the Adelaide Hills and the sea, just north of Adelaide, where grape vines have grown since 1860. The billiard table flat landscape, only 20 m above sea level, acts to intensify the summer's heat, which always produces ripe, lush grapes. Some may say that there is too much sun and heat, but its close vicinity to the sea (Gulf of St. Vincent) is a blessing and gives it a Mediterranean-like climate similar to coastal wine regions in Spain. Although its growing season rainfall of only 130 mm makes the Adelaide Plains dependent on irrigation, once water is made available, it is relatively easy to ripen large crops of grapes in a virtually disease-free environment.


Kookaburra Shiraz


The Art: The 'laughing' Kookaburra can be frequently seen in the McLaren Vale. The bird's raucious laughter call gives way to its name. This picture was painted on a dried and pressed gum leaf by Sandra Roe, Hahndorf, SA.


The Wine:
The 2001 vintage was aged in American and French Oak for 16 months. Very approachable now, but best after 2003. Proper cellaring for 3-8 years will be rewarded. Decanting and airing this wine at least 2-4 hours before drinking. All production was exported to Alberta.

Colour: deep red with a subtle purple hue on the edges.

Bouquet: this wine exudes a lively bouquet of soft ripe fruit.

Taste: a relatively brawny red with dense blackberry and cherry fruit and a heavy overlay of vegetal, earthy notes that continue on with a firm finish of vanillin oak and soft fine-grained tannins.

Food: Meats like steak, prime rib, lamb, and pork, with natural jus or barbeque sauces, combined with root vegetables like carrots, beets, onions, and potatoes will match well. Tomato or cream sauce pastas will dance a tango in your mouth with this wine.

The Region: McLaren Vale

As early as 1838, viticulture in the Southern Vales, from Reynella to McLaren Vale to Langhorne Creek, was almost exclusively due to the efforts of Englishmen, like John Reynell, Thomas Hardy and Dr. A. C. Kelly. However, the increasing urban sprawl over the past 160 years has eliminated many vineyards. Today, the main challenge has now turned to the severe shortage of water for irrigation. The underground water table is severely depleted and water licenses are now a valuable commodity in the McLaren Vale. However, the region is experiencing prosperity reminiscent of its golden days at the end of the nineteenth century. Its traditional staples of Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvedre have come thundering back into vogue at the same time as it has forged a formidable reputation for its Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.


Cockatiel Shiraz


The Art: The Cockatiel is the only smallish crested parrot in Australia. Its melodious loud chirrup has a penetrating 'queel queel' sound. Painted by Sandra Roe, Hahndorf, SA.


The Wine:
The 2001 vintage was aged in American and French Oak for 16 months. The result is a wine of considerable weight and structure with good length. The wine is ready to enjoy now, but the patience of proper cellaring for 3-8 years will be rewarded. We recommend decanting and airing this wine for 1 to 2 hours before drinking. All production was exported to Alberta.

Colour: deep purplish-red with a glowing purple hue on the edges.

Bouquet: a well-developed fruit bouquet that lingers with an earthy spicy oak scent.

Taste: rich, dense and plump, with sweet berry, cherry and white pepper flavours that last into a plush finish, echoing nicely in fine-grained tannins.

Food: Meats like steak, prime rib, lamb, pork, and game (ducks, wild boar, venison, etc.) with grilled vegetables (red/yellow peppers, green onions, eggplant, mushrooms) will match well. Hearty stews, tomato or cream sauce pastas will make for an enjoyable occasion with this wine.

The Region: Baroota

Baroota is a hidden jewel, located in the mid-north of South Australia (SA), about a 3 hour drive north from Adelaide. Despite the arid conditions, this area enjoys a milder ripening period due to the influence of the sea breezes of the Spencer Gulf. There has been no formal application for the surrounding area near Baroota to be registered as a Region under the Geographical Indications legislation of SA, although there has been some discussion. For the time being, the wineries and grape in this area use the local vicinity name as their appellation, which in our case is Baroota.


Galah CSM


The Art: The Galah, also called Goolie, is often seen in large noisy flocks. It has an unmistakable high-pitched splintered call, 'chill chill'. Painted by Sandra Roe, Hahndorf, SA.


The Wine:
This blended wine of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% shiraz, and 10% merlot was aged in American and French oak for 16 months. It an approachable young wine, but will certainly benefit from bottle ageing, so cellaring is recommended for 3-8 years. We suggest decanting 1 hour before drinking. All production was exported to Alberta.

Colour: blackish-red with a subtle purple hue on the edges.

Bouquet: the nose is full of rich lush fruit, with underlying earthiness.

Taste: this blended wine is well balanced and shows no dominate varietal, where blackberry and plum fit well with its oaky spice finish and fine-grained tannins that will soften with bottle ageing.

Food: Meats like steak, prime rib, lamb, and game (ducks, wild boar, venison, etc.) with grilled vegetables (red/yellow peppers, green onions, eggplant, mushrooms) will match well. Hearty stews, tomato or cream sauce pastas with this wine will make for many enjoyable occasions.

The Region: McLaren Vale

As early as 1838, viticulture in the Southern Vales, from Reynella to McLaren Vale to Langhorne Creek, was almost exclusively due to the efforts of Englishmen, like John Reynell, Thomas Hardy and Dr. A. C. Kelly. However, the increasing urban sprawl over the past 160 years has eliminated many vineyards. Today, the main challenge has now turned to the severe shortage of water for irrigation. The underground water table is severely depleted and water licenses are now a valuable commodity in the McLaren Vale. However, the region is experiencing prosperity reminiscent of its golden days at the end of the nineteenth century. Its traditional staples of Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvedre have come thundering back into vogue at the same time as it has forged a formidable reputation for its Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.








 
 
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