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Shiraz 2017



Geology Note, Block E, Davey Estate

Block E Shiraz, to the east of the historic 1860’s barn on the Davey Estate, has for years provided a valuable and unique component of the Shingleback reserve wines. The block sits astride the boundary of two geologies; the southern 10% on the alluvial fan clay, sand and gravel (Christies Beach Formation) that is washed from the Willunga escarpment, and the northern 90% on grey and red calcrete mottled alluvial clay (Ngaltinga Formation). The soil transitions from red clay at the very southern end to grey-black, self-mulching clay for the majority of the block. These unusually well drained, heavy clays produce full bodied, textured, and richly flavoured Shiraz. From this superior block a small section is selected for subtle (“unedited”) crafting and maturation that pays homage to the fruit and the soil from which it comes.

Tasting note

Intense purple-red. A vibrant and heady potpourri of blackberries, raspberries, heritage roses, violets and spice lift from the glass. Blackberry, blueberry and strawberry flavours fill the palate, seamlessly restrained by the fine, slatey tannins into the long finish. A medium to full-bodied wine that truly reflects the soil from which it comes and the “hands-off” approach taken with the winemaking.

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


Destined for a long life, this brooding Shiraz is also immediately appealing with fragrant aromas of mixed berry, blackcurrant, violet and vanillin oak, together with outstanding concentration and multi-layered mouthfeel. Gold medal.

Judges notes, 2018 NZ International Wine Show, August 2019

If anyone doubts the quality of the ’17 vintage, take a careful look at this. Its colour is deep crimson-purple; the bouquet is rich and complex, with a subtext of spice to the plush plum and blackberry fruit, the palate bringing ripe, spicy tannins into play right on cue. It’s medium to full-bodied in a relaxed mood, the balance, such that it’s drinking span starts tonight and extends for decades to come. 96 points.

Halliday Wine Companion 2020, August 2019

A brilliant expression of McLaren Vale shiraz, showing pristine dark berry fruit enhanced by seamlessly integrated oak. This is a wine to wait for and cellar for at least ten years. 5 stars.

Championship 2017 Shiraz,, July 2019


Gold medal:

  • 2018 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, class 31
  • 2018 New Zealand International Wine Show, class 18a
  • 2018 McLaren Vale Wine Show, class 11
  • 2019 China Wine & Spirits Awards, Hong Kong
  • 2019 International Wine Challenge, Vienna
  • 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, class 36
  • 2019 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge (equal top score)
  • 2019 McLaren Vale Wine Show, class 13

Silver medal:

  • 2019 International Wine Challenge, UK
  • 2019 Selections Mondiales des Vins, Canada
  • 2019 International Wine & Spirit Competition, UK
  • 2019 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, class 30

96pts - 2020 Halliday Wine Companion


Technical Details

Region 100% Block E, Davey Estate, McLaren Vale
Variety 100% Shiraz
Oak 15 months in used 6 year old French oak hogsheads
Alcohol 14.3%
pH 3.68
TA 6.6 g/L


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