Shingleback shines with new look, new vintages

Davey Family Estate ventures boldly and reaps the rewards

May 1, 2012-SEATTLE-There’s what’s in the bottle, and then what’s on the bottle, that propel a wine to greatness. With their 2010 Shingleback vintages to be released today, brothers Kym and John Davey, producers of Shingleback and Red Knot wines, have harnessed the best of both worlds. Before they even hit the shelves, the forthcoming US releases of Shingleback – The Davey Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz have earned high marks from some of the world’s foremost authorities. They also bring a brilliant new look, with a lustrous label and restyled Shingleback icon to match the high esteem in which these estate-grown wines are held.

“As the winemaker for Shingleback it is the character and what’s in the bottle that is most important to me,” says John Davey, principal and winemaker. “We do, however, live in a world where first impressions are increasingly important; without the right appearance and package people may miss out on discovering the greatness within the bottle.”

Managing director Kym Davey elaborates further. “We take great pride in having a long family history in produce and viticulture, and have always stayed the course to produce consistently high quality, award-winning McLaren Vale wines. As a company we try to constantly improve to be a leader in our field, whether it’s the evolution of our winemaking or the packaging.”

Although Shingleback has long produced estate-grown wine under its label, the 2010 vintage proudly pronounces this designation on its front labels, underscoring inherent value and quality.
Soon to hit US shelves are: the 2010 Shingleback The Davey Estate Shiraz, (5,000 US cases, $24), already earning a 90-point score in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (issue #198) and Blue Gold in the 2012 Sydney International Wine Competition; and 2010 Shingleback The Davey Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (2,000 US cases, $24), Silver medalist in the 2012 Sydney Royal Wine Show, Class 53 and in the 2011 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, Class 22.

Shingleback debuted with the 1998 vintage and has earned significant acclaim both within Australia and internationally since. Awards include:

  • Overseas Producer of the Year – 2007 and 2008, Mundus Vini Wine Awards (Germany)
  • Shiraz Trophy – 2008 International Wine Challenge, Vienna
  • Jimmy Watson Trophy winner, 2006 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
  • Best Value Dry Red Wine Trophy, 2007 Sydney International Wine Competition
  • Finalist, “Australian Producer of the Year” – 2006 International Wine and Spirit Competition (UK)

The Davey Estate Vineyard is located in the Willunga Basin at the southern end of the acclaimed McLaren Vale Wine region in South Australia. Kym and John Davey planted and nurture their family-owned and sustainably managed estate vineyard on land their grandfather purchased in the1950s. Their goal is to produce high-quality wines from select vineyard blocks through careful, hands-on vineyard management. Modern viticultural practices minimize soil disruption and encourage a balanced environment. Superior fruit is grown by managing canopies through a moveable foliage wire system, hand-pruning, precise deficit irrigation, integrated pest management and attention to detail. Learn more at

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