Current vintage

2008 | TASTED AUGUST 2015

Our most celebrated wine, first made in 1994. It has great depth of colour, aroma and flavour, typical of the best wines of the McLaren Vale region. The Reserve has an extraordinary range of flavours with blackberry, blackcurrant, liquorice and dark chocolate. The wine has a rich sweet fruit mid palate and the finish is long. While approachable when young, it is best cellared.


Deep purple / black.


Ripe, fleshy plums, black cherry, mulberry, vanilla custard, brown spice and buttered toast.


Black cherry and plums, luscious custard mid palate, firm but balanced tannins focus the palate and the flavours persist long after the wine has disappeared.


Sourced from selected premium McLaren Vale vineyards blocks with a range of soil types contributing structural and flavour complexity. Soils include Bay of Biscay soils, grey loam, and red gravels. Harvested when the individual vineyard fruit flavours, grape tannins and acids all reached maturity. Fermentation on skins was for 8 - 10 days, with all wine completing fermentation in barrel for added texture and give a headstart to the integration of oak and grape tannins. During maturation the wine from each vineyard batch was targeted with appropriate oak styles to maximise its potential and produce the most complex and complete wine bases possible prior to blending. Our oak barrels are sourced from coopers in France, USA and Australia and are seasoned for 3 years. Maturation was for 20 months in both new and one year old oak barrels. Barrel by barrel selection during all stages of fermentation and barrel maturation to ensure only the best Shiraz barrels were selected for the final blend. Final blend proportions determined purely by quality.

Technical analysis

  • Alcohol 14.5%

Ageing potential

A big, rich, creamy and flavoursome wine that is very moreish at the moment and has the tools to power on for many years to come. Those who like a bit of age should hold this for 4-6 years at least. This wine can be decanted for up to 3 hours prior to consumption. Our Shiraz is an exquisite accompaniment for full flavoured food, but is sufficiently complex and satisfying to be savoured on its own.


Excellent Classification, Langtons Classification of Wine V
Gold Medal, Best in Class, International Wine and Spirit Competition 2011
Gold Medal, AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2011
Gold Medal, New Zealand Wine Show 2011 
Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge Catavinum 2011 
Silver Medal, Decanter  World Wine Award 2012 
Silver Medal, Japan Wine Challenge 2011 
Silver Medal, International Wine Challenge UK 2011
Bronze Medal, WSA Wine Challenge 2012
Bronze Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2011
Bronze Medal, Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
Bronze Medal, Perth Royal Wine Show 2011


Nick Wiltshire


Scott Zrna & Ben Tanzer

Tasting notes

2008 Reserve Shiraz Magnum (1.5l)

Press Reviews

“These days a ‘reserve’ tag means little but here is justified. The best is selected by this McLaren Vale producer and the 08 is truly great. Intense dark chocolate, coffee, ripe fruit and truffles on the nose with a powerful but balanced palate. Enjoy with roast beef.” 

Jeff Collerson Daily Telegraph, Sydney; September 2012

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