Gary Ablett Jnr Commemorative Collectors Edition Wine
Celebrating 19 years of success and excellence in the AFL
Recognising one of the greatest Australian Rules Football players of all time, this limited edition release of the Gary Ablett Jnr. Pinot Noir is a commemorative collector’s item to mark Gary’s final year in the AFL.
Each bottle is individually signed by Gary and will arrive in a stunning presentation box, making it a wonderful gift or keepsake.
Exclusive opportunity for the first 100 buyers: Zoom with Gary – **These spots have all now been taken**
The first 100 people to purchase will have the opportunity to join a live video Q&A with Gary Ablett Jnr. This is your chance to have unrivalled access to Gary to ask him about his career, his motivation and life so far.
These live video calls, via Zoom, will be completed across two 45 minute sessions for up to 50 customers at a time. If you are one of the first 100 customers, you will be added to one of the two sessions at random. You will be given several days’ notice prior to the live video session being held.
- Only 1,000 limited edition bottles available*
- Hand-signed and numbered by Gary Ablett Jnr.
- Presented in a keepsake box
- Premium 2018 Pinot Noir by Austin’s Wines
*please note that due to technical difficulties at launch at many unable to purchase upon on Friday evening, there has been a release of 500 more bottles taking the total bottles to 1500.
Celebrating the most accomplished player in the AFL history
- 19 years in the AFL
- 8x All Australian
- 6x Career Club Best & Fairest Award Winner
- 5x Most Valuable Player (MVP)
- 3x Coaches’ Player of the Year
- Dual Brownlow Medallist
- Multiple Premiership Player
- Most votes in Brownlow Medal history
- Most games with 30+ disposals
About Gary Ablett Jnr
Gary Ablett Jnr is widely regarded as the greatest AFL player of all time.
Eight-time All Australian, six-time AFL Club Best & Fairest, five-time AFLPA MVP winner, multiple AFL premiership player and dual Brownlow medallist… there is no player in the history of the AFL that has achieved more than Gary Ablett Jnr.
The “Little Master” is Australian sport royalty, exciting Australian Football fans for nearly 20 years with his unmatched brilliance and legendary performances.
A note from Gary
I am really excited to announce this limited edition collaboration with the Austin’s family, to release a commemorative Pinot Noir to mark my 19 years in the game.
Ironically, the opportunity to create my own label started as a conversation over dinner and a glass of wine with my business colleagues.
Those who know me, will know that I have always had an affinity with winemaking.
I grew up on Victoria’s Pinot Coast and was familiar with the Austin’s family through Geelong connections and from the very first conversations we had with Scott and Belinda Austin, we knew that we wanted to launch Ablett Wines in partnership with them.
I feel this commemorative Pinot Noir is the perfect way for me to say thank you to all the fans who have been part of my journey, and invested in me for nearly 20 years
A note from Scott and Belinda Austin
When this opportunity arose, we jumped at the chance to work with one of the game’s most iconic and successful players. We are avid Geelong supporters, attending every game and Scott is a third generation supporter. Supporting the Geelong Football Club is in the Austin’s blood.
Gary Ablett Jnr is a player that is not only skilled, but genuinely humble and his admirable character aligns with our values. We are truly honoured to be part of this piece of Gary’s playing history and can’t wait to share our wines with the Geelong footy community.
THE SELECT SEVEN
Seven bottle numbers that have been hand-selected by Gary due to their personal significance. Each bottle is coupled with an experience or treasured memorabilia item.
This bottle number represents the total career goals Gary Ablett Snr at the Geelong Football Club and Hawthorn Football Club. The purchase of this bottle (#1031) includes a full day golf experience with Gary Ablett Jnr and Gary Ablett Snr. The 18-round golf experience will take place at the RACV Golf Course in Torquay, and includes 2x golf buggies. Golf clubs not included. The purchaser will be able to bring a single guest of their choosing. This purchase also includes a Geelong Cats jumper signed by Gary Ablett Jnr and Gary Ablett Snr. The purchaser will be reached by a member of Gary Ablett Jnr’s business team, to determine a mutually suitable time and day to complete this exclusive golf experience.
The first marked and hand signed Commemorative Pinot limited edition release of the Gary Ablett Jnr. Pinot Noir. The purchase of this bottle (#1) includes the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine with Gary Ablett Jnr. Experience is for the purchaser, and two guests of their choosing. The experience will be enjoyed at Austin’s Wines in Moorabool Valley. The experience includes two glasses of Austin Wines Pinot Noir for each person. The experience with Gary Ablett Jnr is for approximately 2 hours. This purchase also includes a 1x personally hand signed Geelong Cats jumper from Gary Ablett Jnr.
This bottle number represents the playing Guernsey that Gary Ablett Jnr has worn upon his return to the Geelong Football Club. The purchase of this bottle (#4) includes a full day golf experience with Gary Ablett Jnr and fellow #4 Geelong champion Andrew Mackie. The 18-round golf experience will take place at the RACV Golf Course in Torquay, and includes 2x golf buggies. Golf clubs are not included. The purchaser will be able to bring a single guest of their choosing. This purchase also includes a Geelong Cats jumper hand signed by Gary Ablett Jnr and Andrew Mackie. The purchaser will be reached by a member of Gary Ablett Jnr’s business team, to determine a mutually suitable time and day to complete this exclusive golf experience.
This bottle number represents the playing Guernsey of Gary Ablett Snr at the Geelong Football Club. The purchase of this bottle (#5) includes a full day golf experience with Gary Ablett Jnr and Gary Ablett Snr. The 18-round golf experience will take place at the RACV Golf Course in Torquay, and includes 2x golf buggies. Golf clubs not included. The purchaser will be able to bring a single guest of their choosing. This purchase also includes a Geelong Cats jumper signed by Gary Ablett Jnr and Gary Ablett Snr. The purchaser will be reached by a member of Gary Ablett Jnr’s business team, to determine a mutually suitable time and day to complete this exclusive golf experience.
This bottle number represents the playing Guernsey of Gary Ablett Jnr at the Gold Coast Football Club. The purchase of this bottle (#9) includes a virtual fan experience with Gary Ablett Jnr via Zoom. This virtual fan experience will include the purchaser and nine guests of their choosing. This intimate Group video call experience will include 45 minutes with Gary Ablett Jnr, where those involved can ask questions to the AFL champion about football, family and life. The purchaser will be reached by a member of Gary Ablett Jnr’s business team, to determine a mutually suitable time and day to complete this exclusive video call experience.
This bottle number represents the 19th and final AFL Season of Gary Ablett Jnr. The purchase of this bottle (#19) includes two meaningful football memorabilia items – a 2020 match-worn Geelong Cats Jumper from Gary Ablett Jnr’s personal collection, as well as a pair of 2020 match-worn Gary Ablett Jnr football boots. Both items will include a certificate of authenticity. This purchase also includes a personal video message by Gary Ablett Jnr to the purchaser.
This bottle number represents the playing Guernsey of Gary Ablett Jnr during his earlier days at the Geelong Football Club. The same number he wore in the 2007 and 2009 AFL Premiership Teams. The purchase of this bottle (#29) includes a rare football memorabilia item – a match worn #29 Geelong Cats Jumper from Gary Ablett Jnr’s personal collection. Certificate of authenticity included. This purchase also includes a personal video message by Gary Ablett Jnr to the purchaser.
This bottle number, to be determined after the Geelong Cats 2020 AFL Premiership Finals, will reflect the final tally of career AFL games played by Gary Ablett Jnr across his 19 years in the game. The exact bottle number, to be either 355, 356 or 357 – will be finalised after the 2020 AFL Finals. The purchase of this bottle includes a rare football memorabilia item – a Geelong Cats Jumper from Gary Ablett Jnr and Gary Ablett Snr. Certificate of authenticity included. A personal video message from Gary Ablett Jnr and Gary Ablett Snr is also included in this purchase.
If you have any questions or would like to enquire further around the incredible experiences and football memorabilia items that are included with these highly valued select bottles, you can send an email to Sean Tobin at [email protected] or Jasdeep Singh at [email protected]
It’s an award-winning palate-pleaser for the most discerning pinot noir drinker.
Austin’s Pinot Noir is a celebration of our well established vineyard, our 20th vintage of pinot noir that’s refined and delectable, a palate-pleaser for the fussiest of wine drinkers. Purchase this impress-your-guests wine today for next day dispatch, you will be sipping on this ‘nectar of the Gods’ is no time.
This delicate drop is light to medium-bodied and brings to mind luscious cherries. Enjoy with great company and delicious food such as duck or salmon and it’s perfect vegetable match is mushroom or truffles..
Serve at room temperature, or chill in the fridge for 10 minutes before serving on a warm summer day.
The fruit is hand-picked and handcrafted by our experienced winemaking team.After maturing in French oak, we blend only the best barrels to produce this premium pinot noir.
We guarantee the quality of our wines.
Blend: 100% pinot noir
Batch size: 8000 bottles
Analysis:13.0% alcohol, 3.66 pH, 5.9 g/L total acidity
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar until 2028.
Vineyard: Single vineyard wine from our Austin’s estate in Sutherlands Creek, Geelong.
Vegan: The Austin’s Pinot Noir and all of our Austin’s and 6Ft6 wines are vegan friendly.
Appearance: bright, mid to dark cherry red.
Nose: a fragrant, pure-fruited nose of red cherry with a hint of smoked bacon and oak-derived spice notes.
Palate: silky, smooth with gentle round edges; seemingly restrained but with pops of lingering cherry and charred flavours.
Award winning pinot noir
- Geelong Wine Show – Gold
- The Real Review – 93/100 SILVER
- ICCWS- Bronze
- Royal Sydney Wine Show – Bronze
- National Cool Climate wine Show – Bronze
- Ballarat Wine Show – Bronze
When will the wine be sent?
Due to covid the logistics of this project have been affected. Once Gary is safely back in Geelong he will sign and number each bottle individually. We estimate the bottle will be dispatched by mid-November. If there are any further delays, you will be notified via email.
Can I choose the bottle number?
You are unable to choose your bottle number, it will be selected at random dependent on when the bottle was ordered. However, please note there is a select list of bottles that hold a higher premium in price and value, and also include either an experience or memorabilia item.
Why Moorabool Valley Pinot Noir?
The Moorabool Valley produces wines of great power and concentration, with precise varietal definition and deft balance. The region produces a wine with the characteristics of a perfect pinot noir – strawberries when picked early, and cherry when picked ripe.
Continental in nature, we’re close to the Southern Ocean and dry in summer. The cool climate gives our wines full ripeness and beautiful finesse. Moorabool Valley has a rich history, with ancient volcanic soils containing a tough limestone and basalt base. This forms the sub-region’s unique terroir and provides the ideal free-draining soil for our grapevines.
The Austin’s Pinot Noir vineyard
Of the 150 acres planted at Austin’s, 90 acres are pinot noir—one of the bigger family-owned single plantings in Australia. Our plantings include seven different pinot noir clones, each bringing a unique flavour. When combined they produce a well-rounded wine with great depth of flavour, good structure and balance and aromatic richness.
Of the dozen pinot blocks available to choose from, we favour our Office and 4/5AB blocks which comprise the MV6 and D2V6 clones for our Austin’s Pinot. These clones have all the lovely pinot fruit flavours but also ripen later than the other six clones. These are crucial factors for developing better flavour definition, colour and tannin ripeness – which in turn ensure the quality of the wine.
The vines are planted north–south and trained vertically. The canopies are managed to provide enough light and air into the fruit zone to maximise vine quality and health.
Careful irrigation during the growing season ensures healthy vine growth and even ripening, which is the key to quality fruit.
The Austin’s vineyard
Austin’s has been located in the heart of the Moorabool Valley since 1990, a cool climate wine region steeped in rich history. Nestled between Geelong & Ballarat, the Moorabool Valley’s small, family run vineyards provide rich and intense low yield fruit, an ideal terroir for producing award-winning wines.
The Austin’s Estate is across 1,500 acres, with 150 under vine. The land boasts rich volcanic, limestone soils and a terrain that sits in a rain shadow.
Challenging weather conditions makes the Moorabool Valley one of the most complicated places to make wine, yet it produces some of the region’s best wines, notably, pinot noir.
Sitting on the ocean floor some 20,000 years ago, this land has been reclaimed by millennia of volcanic activity. Geelong’s Moorabool Valley sub-region has a tough limestone and basalt base. This gives the sub-region its unique terroir and provides the ideal free-draining soil for our grapevines.
Moorabool Valley’s cool climate is continental by nature but still moderated by its proximity to the ocean. This provides perfect conditions to grow world-class wines. All our vines are planted north–south and trained vertically. The canopies are managed to provide enough light and air into the fruit zone to maximise vine quality and health.
Careful irrigation during the growing season ensures healthy vine growth and even ripening which is the key to quality fruit.
Read more about the Moorabool Valley region here.
The 2018 vintage had plenty of ground moisture and moderate weather conditions through spring and early summer provided ideal growing conditions. Yields were average with plenty of bunches, though lower in weight. Picked in the cool of night, the fruit was de-stemmed but not crushed into to open fermenters for a warm soak before the ferment started with indigenous yeast. The wine was racked to well-seasoned, tight-grain French oak barrels, 40 per cent of which were new and kept in a cool temperature-controlled cellar and regularly topped up. In January 2019, we tasted each barrel, blending only the best barrels together. In 2018, the clonal mix was 46 per cent MV6, 28 per cent 114 and 26 per cent D2V6. The wine was blended, filtered and bottled in February 2019.
The 2018 vintage had plenty of ground moisture and moderate weather conditions through spring and early summer provided ideal growing conditions. Flowering in November was quick, and the berry set was good, despite heavy rainfall late November. Yields were average with plenty of bunches, though lower in weight. A hot summer and minimal rain made for an early start to vintage which was over quickly. Pinot picking started on 22 February 2018, with the last batch picked on 9 March 2018. Most batches came in around 24.0 brix and lower than average acidity at approximately 5.5 g/L. The average yield was moderate at 4.5 t/ha.
This Limited edition bottle will be sent via registered post. You will be notified by email when the bottle is sent and a tracking number will be given.
How much does it cost?
- Shipping is included in the price of this limited edition Gary Ablett wine.
When will it arrive?
- Geelong – 1-2 Business Days
- Melbourne – 1-2 Business Days
- Rest of Victoria – 1-2 Business Days
- NSW/ACT – 2-3 Business Days
- SA – 2-3 Business Days
- TAS – 4-5 Business Days
- QLD – 5-7 Business Days
- WA – 7 Business Days
- NT – 7 Business Days
If your order hasn’t arrived within this time frame, please contact us so we can chase it up for you.
* In warmer months we will not dispatch orders on Friday to avoid heat issues with wine during transport. During sale times please allow 48 hours for dispatch. 24 hours refers to next business day.
There are no returns on this limited edition product unless the product is faulty. If the product does not arrive to you in its original condition, please take photos of your package and email to us with your order number. We can then send out a replacement.
How long can you cellar the wine?
This pinot noir is aged in french oak barrels, it can withstand cellaring time in the bottle. We suggest drinking by 2028.