Leasingham first set up shop in the Clare Valley back in 1893. Well over a century later, this heritage charmer is consistently turning out gorgeous, classic wines with fresh contemporary appeal. It’s known as the Classic Clare range, and only the very best fruit is labelled under this premium designation.
The Classic Clare Shiraz is of luscious full body, studded with clovey Christmas pudding nuance and dark fruit. Vanillary oak (thanks to ageing in French oak) is present. This will reward several years of cellaring to become fully realised.
This is a full-bodied, brash shiraz boasting 16 months of ageing across an artillery of French oak. A melody of oak-derived cedar and vanilla kick start the attack. There are ample dark fruit flavours and Christmas cake spice stuffed behind it all, but they are well in the background, needing time to unravel.
90 points, Wine Companion (December 2017)
Gold Medal + 18.5 points - Class 32 - Shiraz, 2016 vintage
Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2018
Gold Medal - Class 24 - Shiraz 2016
Royal Hobart Wine Show 2018
Gold Medal - Class 28 - Shiraz 2016 & Older
Perth Royal Wine Awards 2019
The Clare ValleyThe Clare Valley is located two hours north of Adelaide in the Mount Lofty ranges. The region was settled by John Horrocks who encouraged his servant James Green to plant the first vines in 1842. Climate in the Clare Valley is continental with hot summers, cold winters and low rainfall that necessitates supplementary irrigation. Soils in the valley are predominantly red brown loams over shale, permitting excellent drainage. Many of the best vineyards are located at higher elevations of 400-500m on sites that take advantage of the cool breezes that funnel up the corrugation of hills from the south. The Clare Valley is renowned for its zesty fruit-pure Rieslings particularly from the sub-regions of Polish Hill and Watervale. The region also produces intense age-worthy sturdy reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.