Pirramimma `War Horse` Shiraz 2012 (6 x 750mL), McLaren Vale, SA.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049

RRP $80

$64.99 per Bottle
$389.94 per pack


The 2012 'War Horse' is only our second definitive Shiraz release in 122 years of winemaking. Names posthumously in memory and respect for the two hardworking Italian POW's from Campania who planted vines in 1944, and the tireless team of Pirramimma Clydesdale's...Anchor, Baron, Boxer, Minny, Doctor, Lightning and Stablemates that toiled our land. Whom are buried in the 'War Horse' vineyard, and to Louise Johnston's grandfather, George who served in the 9th Light Horse Brigade in Palestine and Egypt during World War I, the 9th were entirely South Australian's who took their own horse's with them.

SA - McLaren Vale
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Bouquet: briary blackberry, spicy plum, hints of vanilla, red frangipani, nutmeg and black olive. Palate: spicy mulberry, red licorice, cranberry, star of anise, dark chocolate, cedary oak and morello cherry. So says the back label. The wine in the glass is uncompromisingly full-bodied, verging on glutinous as it enters the mouth, but like Richard III's horse, fails in the heat of battle.

92 Points - James Halliday - Tasted 26/03/2015 - Drink by 2042

Winery Tasting Notes


This limited release wine displays a bouquet of briary blackberry, spicy plum, infused with hints of vanilla, red frangipani, nutmeg and black olive notes.


The intense palate delivers spicy mulberry, red liquorice, cranberry, star of anise and dark chocolate, which is enhanced by quality cedary oak and hints of morello cherry. This handcrafted wine is superbly balanced by a seam of firm structural tannins, well integrated oak and great length of flavour.

Medals & Trophies

Rated 4 Star- Winestate Best of State, 2016 Annual Edition

Gold Medal - 2015 AWC-VIENNA, International Wine Challenge

Sliver Medal & 18 Points - 2016 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge

Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirit Competition London 2016

SA - McLaren Vale
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Cork closure

Winery Profile

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5-Star Winery - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2011 Edition

In 1892 Alexander Campbell Johnston planted the first small vine cuttings on his newly purchased 97 hectare property in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Alexander settled with his family on the property and proudly named it ‘Pirramimma’, an Aboriginal phrase meaning ‘the moon and the stars’. More than 115 years and three generations later the Johnston Family still operates one of Australia’s oldest and proudest family owned and run wineries - Pirramimma. Making wines that range from the traditional to the innovative, Pirramimma is pure McLaren Vale. As one of the original landholders in the region the family is committed to its home and the regionally unique wines they produce.

Geoff Johnston, Grandson of Alexander, is the modern custodian of the family heritage. The Johnston family have grown the property from 97 hectares in 1892 to 250 hectares today. The family philosophy is to produce wines from estate grown grapes, ensuring the highest quality standards are met and the unique regional characters are displayed.

2011 Trophy Winner at International Wine and Spirit Competition (London, UK)

The 2007 Pirramimma ACJ has won the coveted Glenelly Trophy for Best Blended Red Wine at the prestigious 2011 International Wine and Spirit Competition. The wine a unique blend of Shiraz, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon has won this fantastic award above all other blended wines from across the globe. Named in honour of Pirramimma founder Alexander Campbell Johnston, the 2007 ACJ is only the second release of this limited production wine, the first being the Gold Medal winning 2004 vintage. Only produced if varietal parcels display outstanding character, the barrel select 2007 ACJ was limited to 500 dozen.

"With 120 years of winemaking history, it is a great achievement from the team to win any Trophy in such a competitive industry, but to win a major Trophy at one of the Worlds most important Wine Competitions is a tremendous result for McLaren Vale and Pirramimma" Geoff said.

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