About the wine maker
Shingleback is owned and operated by the dynamic Davey family who first planted grapes in 1990 on land that their grandfather purchased in 1959. All fruit is hand-selected and hand-sorted from their own sustainable single estates or plots and John Davey looks after the winemaking.
The winery is located in the McLaren Vale, 45 minutes south of Adelaide. It is surrounded by ranges of hills on three sides and bordered to the west by the waters of the Gulf St. Vincent. The climate in McLaren Vale is similar to the warmer areas of the Mediterranean or the southern Rhône, but the conditions are moderated by sea breezes and ‘gully-winds’ from the surrounding hills, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. McLaren Vale is famous for fruit-driven juicy Shiraz and Grenache and its population of ‘gastronauts’; everyone seems to have a passion for food, ingredients and wine.
Shingleback is one of the most awarded family-owned wineries in Australia and they set the wine world alight in 2006 when they won the legendary, and arguably Australia’s top award, the Jimmy Watson Trophy having only released their first vintage in 1998. In the 2016 James Halliday Wine Companion, Shingleback was named as one of the top 10 wineries … out of about 2,000. The Davey’s favour hand-crafted wines using minimalist intervention in both the vineyards and winery as they believe that this gives truer expression and balance.
The winery is named after a heavily armoured native Australian skink, similar to a lizard, which has short legs, a bobtail and a back resembling roofing shingles.