1880 Old Vine Shiraz 2016

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The Conte family owned the Sand Rd property since 1965, but the old vine Shiraz block was planted circa 1880. These twisted and gnarly vines are one of, if not the oldest surviving Shiraz vines in McLaren Vale.

The ancient 5 acre vineyard is withstanding the test of time, with its flourishing foliage, low yielding, intensely flavoured crop. The fruit has gained complexity and depth of flavour from over 130 years of what has become a vast, elaborate root system.

Aromas of spiced fruit compote, black plum jam and fresh bakers yeast. This wine has earthy complexities, and a saturating moorish character, subtly held together by fine tannin.

Powerfully long and lingering, yet soft, elegant and round from start to finish, and will evolve majestically for many years.


Handpicked, semi crushed and small batch open fermented for over 1 week. The wine was then matured in new and seasoned French oak barrels for 18 months to allow characters to integrate and soften.


Alcohol; 14.5%
Natural residual sugar; 0.9 g/L (dry)
Varieties; 100% Shiraz 
GI; McLaren Vale, South Australia

Availability; In Stock

Recent Accolades;


Wine Business Magazine – Sept 2023 

93 points, Mike Bennie – Maturity gives this wine some subtlety to texture. And influence of dried fruit and toasted nuttiness, some sweeter fruit characters kicking in, and a good dose of fruity spices lends some influence too. The wine is spreading beautifully and softly in the palate, tannins round and gentle. A seriosi tilt, and the richer end of Shiraz, but with age, a mellow and pleasing experience.


Wine Showcase Magazine, June 2019 issue 

A lovely balance of aromas. Palate is solid and showing plenty of delicious depth and flavours.

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 Wine Business Magazine 94 points Mike Bennie – Wine Business Magazine 2019 July – August Issue  

A turbo-charged red of inky colour, clove-on­forest berry and plum scents, whiffs of graphite and pencil shaving -some vanilla in the mix
too. It glides over the palate in a huge volume, leaving pleasing gummy tannins in its wake.
There’s depth and concentration in spades, but it finds a pleasing balance overall. Dive in. 14.5%
Reviewed by Mike Bennie May 2019

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 China Wine & Spirits Awards 2019

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China Wine Competition 2019

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1880 Old Shiraz 2016 – Gold London Wine Competition

Gold Medal | London Wine Competition 2020

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1880 Old Shiraz 2016 – Silver Paris Wine Cup

Silver | Paris Wine Cup 2020

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1880 Old Shiraz 2016 – Gold Melbourne-International

Melbourne International Wine Competition 2021

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