Wilson Vineyard `Pepperstone` Shiraz 2009 (12 x 750mL), Clare Valley, 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
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$275.88 per case
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The Pepperstone Shiraz comes from two vineyards, the initial parcel from the Handplunge block next to cellar door, and the balance from our creek block.

The parcels are fermented separately in small open topped fermenters and a rotating fermenter. Fermentation is kept cool to preserve as much fruit flavour as possible.

The wine spends up to 24 months in oak, with about 50% of that time in new and used American oak, and 50% of the time in used French oak The aim is to produce a wine with a high proportion of natural fruit flavour, slightly accentuated by judicous use of quality oak.

SA - Clare Valley
South Australia

Winery Tasting Notes


Dark red black with deep red edges.


Concentrated and powerful nose of chocolate, coconuts, licorice and red berries.


Chocolate and coffee bean flavours overlay a tightly structured mid palate with a clean spicy finish. Rich and flavoursome wine with concentration, power and length finishing with ripe tannins.

SA - Clare Valley
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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In 1973, Dr. John Wilson set out with soil map and sampling auger in search of a plot for his vines. The chosen land was some of the grazing slopes east of Sevenhill, Clare Valley, where he established 10 acres of vineyard between 1974 and 1976. The locals were bemused by this venture and were firm but kind with their advice about the unsuitability of the area for grapes. To that same handful of locals the little valley was known as Polish Hill River, a quaint tribute to its early pioneers.

In 1980 the vineyard produced its first commercial wine and with that Shiraz-Cabernet, wine consumers were introduced to this hitherto unknown corner of Clare. By then no-one had any doubts about the ability of Polish Hill River to produce fine wine. The Wilson family has been content to expand its operation slowly and steadily and is unfazed that most who followed them now cultivate larger tracts.

In 2000 John was one of the handful of Clare winemakers who led the screwcap revolution. Whilst many were hedging their bets John decided to dedicate his entire production, reds and whites, to the screwcap closure in 2001 and never looked back.

The Wilson Vineyard wines are produced entirely from estate-grown fruit. More than half of the production is Riesling, a variety with which both the Wilson name and Polish Hill River have become synonymous. Other varieties include Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Gewurztraminer, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Wilson Vineyard Rieslings are powerful wines that take more than five years in the bottle to show their best.

Every year since 1988 The Wilson Vineyard has commissioned a local artist to produce a piece to adorn the Polish Hill River Riesling label. The exterior artwork compliments the art within.

View Wilson Vineyard website


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