Scarce Earth Chanticleer Single Vineyard Shiraz 2017


We had terrific winter and spring rains leading up to vintage 2017, a marked contrast to the previous year, proving once again if proof were needed, that every vintage is different. We had a cool early part to spring too, combined with the spring rain. Flowering was about 3 weeks later than the previous year which of course meant that vintage was 3 weeks later than normal, or as some old locals said sagely, back to the old normal. There was a very long and slow ripening period which is terrific for allowing grapes to develop their flavours. We had a pretty dry February March and April, once the spring rains finished in mid-January. Overall a late vintage.



Scarce Earth is a McLaren Vale initiative exploring and celebrating the geological climatic and soil diversity of the region. All wines come from a single block, a small plot of land with a unique flavour profile and personality.

The 2017 Chanticleer Shiraz is made using Shiraz grapes grown exclusively on our Chanticleer Vineyard. It has been hand-made, hand bottled and is unfiltered. The wine was open fermented then matured in a mixture of 50% new French and older oak.

Soil Type:          Urrbrae stony loam

Geology:           Christies Beach formation, Quaternary period

Elevation:          138 metres

Vine Age:          33 years

Vine clone:        1127 clone

Volume:              30 dozen

Tasting Notes

Fresh red fruits (raspberries, red currant) and Redskin lollies, a medium bodied wine with brambly characters on the palate, medium bodied and with a delicious length.

95 points Halliday Wine Companion (Jane Faulkner tasted 2020)


Technical Details

Picking Date3rd March 2017
Bottling Date24th October 2018

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