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D Block Reserve

Shiraz 2014

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In a small niche of the Davey Estate Vineyard the soil, climate & Shiraz combine to create something special - the fruit that is ultimately hand crafted to become D Block Reserve Shiraz. Gentle hand working of the skins in small, 5 tonne open fermenters and traditional winemaking practices protect & nurture the unique qualities of the terroir. Very fine grained French & American oak hogsheads are used to allow a long, slow maturation of the wine & subtle oak integration. A combination of 1 - 6 year old hogsheads, crafted by select coopers to our requirements, are used to create nuances & diversity of flavour. When maturation & oak integration are perfect, individual barrels are selected & blended to create the fruit power, complexity & harmonious balance that is Shingleback D Block Reserve Shiraz.

Tasting note

Deep red. Primary aromas of blackberry and boysenberry are highlighted with elements of couverture chocolate and freshly turned soil. The full-bodied palate is brimming with ripe, black berry fruit, complemented with fine tannins, an earthy minerality and savoury notes. A perfectly balanced and seamlessly integrated wine that expresses the essence of the vine, the time, the place and the harsh, black cracking clay over limestone soils that make up this unique corner of the Davey Estate Vineyard.


* No animal products are used in the production of this wine.


Rich, porty, laden with chocolate, showing some alcohol warmth, awash with boysenberry and bitumen. It's a simple pitch but it's spoken through a megaphone. It just stays on the positive side of the freshness ledger, and that turns the thumb to up. 93 pts.

James Halliday Wine Companion 2019, August 2018


Gold Medals:

  • 2015 National Wine Show of Australia, class 31
  • 2016 China Wine & Spirits Awards, Hong Kong
  • 2016 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, class 30
  • 2017 Royal Queensland Wine Show, class 38
  • 2017 Perth Royal Wine Awards, class 27
  • 2017 Mundus Vini International Wine Awards, Germany
  • 2017 Sydney Royal Wine Show, class 35
  • 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, class 44
  • 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Awards, class 36
  • 2018 Royal Hobart Wine Show, class 26
  • 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, class 38
  • 2018 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, class 34
  • 2018 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
  • 2018 National Wine Show of Australia, class 27

93 pts - James Halliday Wine Companion 2019

Technical Details

Region 100% Davey Estate, McLaren Vale
Variety 100% Shiraz
Alcohol 14.3%
pH 3.55
TA 6.6 g/L


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