|The wines of Shadowfax have gone from strength to strength in a very short space of time, due in no small part to the remarkable quality of fruit. A prolific trophy winner, Shadowfax have achieved the new wave of Chardonnay, refreshingly fruit driven, livelier than it's Victorian siblings, characterised by slatey, flavoursome acidity, a touch of lees complexity and judicious dryness. Shadowfax»|
|Bloodstone was originally intended for the UK Oddbins retail chain. It turned into a runaway success and went on to claim a litany of international accolades, 5 Cuisine Magazine Stars & Best Buy, as well as Gold & Double Gold at the prestigious San Francisco International. Gemtree»|
|Widely regarded as one of New Zealand's leading winemakers, Alan McCorkindale has over three decades experience at crafting some of the South Island's most memorable vintages. McCorkindale's efforts have claimed many trophy and gold at prestigious competitions including twice International White Wine of Year at the distinguished London International Wine Challenge. Munamuna»|
|Born at Guildford, very near the Houghton Swan Valley wineworks, Dr John Gladstones was an internationally acclaimed scientist who identified the Margaret River in 1965 as being world class for planting vines and growing grapes. Dr Gladstones also played a role in the development of the Frankland River region, Pemberton and Manjimup. Houghton»|
|Enthused by a consuming desire to make great wine, Andrew Nugent honed his craft as viticulturalist and winemaker amongst the vines of McLaren Vale before returning to the Adelaide Hills, where he established his very own wineworks at Woodside. Hand crafted from fruit grown to mineral rich soils above the historic Bird in Hand gold mine, a pure Pinot Noir with superb effervescence, dominated by red berry characters, adorned by a lift of stonefruits and floral.. Bird In Hand»|
|In commemoration of the year Samual McWilliams planted his first vines, 1877 is a national flagship, crafted from the best fruit of vintage. The choicest parcels of estate grown Shiraz are sourced from superior mature vines on the original McWilliams plantings at Barwang in the Hilltops. McWilliams»|
|The first and final word in world class Barossa Cabernet, aged in a luxurious selection of completely new French oak hogsheads. The Ashmead block is so low yielding that it was almost gutted and re established to more productive plantings. Elderton»|
|The term Terra rossa means red earth, a rich, free draining soil that is considered by many as the viticultural equivalent of discovering gold. Beneath the strata of red earth at Wrattonbully sits a layer of ancient limestone, a winegrower's dream as it allows free drainage of water, yet ensures vine roots stay close to the surface, putting natural stress on the vine and limiting its vigor and yield. Smith Hooper»|
|Don Lewis spent thirty five years crafting the nation's most memorable vintages while at Mitchelton. Nowadays he travels to Spain each year where he makes wine for Merum Priorati, returning to Australia just in time for vintage. Tar Roses»|
|The seemingly countless, memorable vintages of Delatite have claimed a litany of trophies, accolades and rave reviews throughout the world of wine. Her first vines were planted in 1968 on a picturesque rise overlooking the vistas of Mt Buller. Delatite»|
|Sourced from Neil Steven's Glenoak property at Pokolbin, a scenically undulating site that's planted to a combination of light sand and red clay soils, widely regarded as one of the finest white wine vineyards in Hunter Valley. The oldest block was established circa 1911, the youngest plantings date back to 1965. Tyrrells»|
|James Stanley Malpas, born of Willunga, served with the 27th Infantry Battalion AIF during World War I in Gallipoli and France, decorated with the distinguished Military Cross, he returned to McLaren Vale and cleared the land known as Fox Creek. Three quarters old vine Shiraz, a fifth of Cabernet and soupçon of Franc, JSM makes a wine of complexity, substance and panache, it's all luscious fruit, framed by long textural Cabernet tannins, fully integrated and balanced by the patience of nineteen months in the pick of well seasoned oak. Fox Creek»|
Claymore was established in 1991 when the founding partners, who were medical practitioners, realised they could not change water into wine!
They purchased their first 11 acre vineyard at Leasingham in the Clare Valley in 1991. The terra rosa soils (red loam) on a limestone bed, support 70 year old grenache, riesling and shiraz vines. The vineyard is non-irrigated with yields low averaging 1.5 to 2 tonnes per acre. They started making a little grenache, and a little bit of riesling in quantities which the ordinary family would finish in a few months. Claymore still produce limited quantities, but over time the Claymore range has expanded to include a wide range of premium Clare varietals, filling out this boutique winery's portfolio.
In 1996, upon meeting a local identity nicknamed Bluey, Claymore Wines invested in the forty acre Kupu-kupu site at Penwortham, a premium vineyard which grows good quality shiraz, merlot and grenache vines. With brown loam soil over slate and very little surface water, just magnificent terroir for growing concentrated rich fruit, Kupu-kupu has become the Graceland of Claymore Wines, the home of many modern classics.
The first commercial releases of Claymore began in 1997 under the possibly misguided premise that this could be a path to early retirement. Now almost 10 years on thoughts of retirement may be premature! Desparate lots of parched fruit are high maintenance, but Claymore have not looked back with regards to the quality of their award winning fruit. Non-irrigated, the vineyard yields only small volumes per tonne (no more than 2 tonnes per acre) but this is more than compensated for by the quality of the wines produced.
Claymore is a Clare Valley winery, a region with wine heritage dating back over 160 years, the first vines planted in 1842 by James Green, a servant of the districts pioneer John Horrocks. The region comprises a series of valleys with altitudes ranging from 300 to 500 metres. The climate is moderately continental with cool to cold nights and warm to hot summer days. Rainfall is predominantly in winter-spring (June to September) with an annual average from 430-630 mm. The average summer daytime temperature is 29 degrees, and 13 degrees in the winter.
All the Claymore's grapes are sourced from their own vineyards in the Watervale and Penwortham region with some fruit coming from premium grape growers around the Clare Valley. Each Claymore release is titled after a favourite rock album of the winemaker, the wine often reflecting the melodies and rhapsodies of it's namesake.
Claymore strive for excellence in the quality of fruit, processing limited yields of the most excellent possible material through a combination of traditional and modern wine making technique. Claymore's award winning editions including the Joshua Tree Riesling, the Dark Side of the Moon Shiraz and the Nocturne Grenache Shiraz. It is an amazingly satisfying experience to savour the flavours that capture the vibrance of these wines, made from premium fruits.
The underlying philosophy at Claymore Wines is to keep things fun (something they admit to taking their fun quite seriously) but Claymore have always maintained similarly serious standards for their award winning wines, serious wine. Claymore's exemplary attention to quality has resulted in wide acclaim from industry peers, and around the wine show circuit.