During the 1990’s, Kym & John Davey brought their combined expertise in winemaking, farming & business to continue & develop the estate first farmed by their Grandfather in 1957. Their goal was, and remains, to produce affordable, quality wines that express the true character of McLaren Vale. The sustainably managed family estate has a predominantly Shiraz & then Cabernet Sauvignon focus. The smaller plantings of Chardonnay & Semillon also benefit from John’s fastidious winemaking skills, instilled during his early days as a specialist white winemaker. A modern, but minimalist, approach to crafting the wines is taken. Respecting the fruit is crucial. Small batch open fermentation, gentle handling, pressing and maturation result in balanced, food friendly wines, expressive of their terroir and variety. From it’s genesis in 1998, when the first wine (Shingleback Shiraz) was released under the Shingleback label, the Shingleback portfolio has grown into a collection of fine wines that include Shingleback, Haycutters, Red Knot and The Gate. Each made in its distinct style, these wines showcase the best the McLaren Vale region has to offer. They also represent a family committed to producing outstanding wines from the land they love.
What The Critics Say
5 Stars & Number 1, Cuisine Australian Shiraz Tasting, June 2018
"The Shingleback label has gone back to back, the Shingleback Davey Estate 2014 having taken out top honours last year. This year’s champion is a big, deep, lively wine, inky dark, with a nose of violets, chocolate and pepper. The fruit is very ripe but not to the detriment of freshness and vitality. Helping in this regard are slaty tannins that give the wine an attractive edge of minerality. Still tightly wound, this elegant yet urgent wine will reward time in the cellar."
Gold Medal, International Wine challenge, Vienna 2018
"Earthy, black fruit, roasted flavours. Very young wine with a tremendous example of pure ripe McLaren Vale fruit, black cherry and black plum and a classic medicinal scent. Recommend decanting."
93/100 Huon Hooke
"Deep, bright red/purple colour, the bouquet subdued and restrained, with black plum and star anise nuances. A lick of pepper-spice. The palate is similarly reserved but rich and fruit-sweet. A bold, straightforward wine, which will reward cellaring. Very good richness, concentration and depth of flavour, weight, structure and balance. It will get better and better with time." Drink 2020 - 2036
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