The Gate Cabernet Shiraz 2018

Tasting Note

Vibrant black cherry red. Blackcurrant and blueberry Cabernet aromas meld with the blackberry and savoury earthiness of the Shiraz. Moreish chewy fruit tannins, along with a slate-like minerality restrain the luscious dark berry mid-palate. This estate reserve wine is a classic, vibrant and fruit-forward McLaren Vale Cabernet Shiraz from the excellent 2018 vintage.


*No animal products are used in the production of this wine.


  • Best Classic Australian Blend - 2020 McLaren Vale Wine Show
Gold medal:
  • 2020 Concours International des Cabernets, France
  • 2020 McLaren Vale Wine Show, class 24 (95 pts)
  • 2021 Selections Mondiales des Vins, Canada
  • 2021 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, class 53
Silver medal:
  • 2020 Perth Royal Wine Awards, class 24
  • 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards, UK (91 pts)
  • 2020 NZ International Wine Show, class 19
  • 2021 International Wine Challenge, UK (90 pts)
  • 2021 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, class 51 (90 pts)
  • 2021 McLaren Vale Wine Show, class 20
  • 2021 Royal Hobart Wine Show, class 28
  • 2021 Sydney Royal Wine Show, class 34
96 pts - Equal Top in Category - Winestate Magazine Cabernet Challenge 2021


100% McLaren Vale


51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Shiraz





Titratable Acidity

6.8 g/L

Generations of Australian winemakers have appreciated how well these two great varieties can work together. The regal Cabernet Sauvignon’s fragrant aromatics and tight tannic structure is expanded by, and gives focus to, the juicy generosity of the Shiraz. Cabernet Sauvignon from two distinct blocks has been selected to lead the chosen Shiraz in this classic Australian blend, creating a worthy partner for our highly awarded Gate Shiraz. Varietal clones selected and the soil in which they grow add further dimension and depth to the blend. Variety Clone planted Soil type Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reynella Selection Loam GA & LS Petrucci – Hill block (1982) Cabernet Sauvignon CW44 Red clay Davey Estate – Block P (est. 1999) Shiraz 1654 Grey clay Davey Estate – Block E (est. 1995) Each component has been crafted separately in small open fermenters followed by 13 months maturation of the Cabernet in predominantly 1 to 4-year-old French oak hogsheads and the Shiraz in 6-year-old oak. A further 12 months bottle maturation integrates the wine prior to release.
Winestate Magazine
Cabernet & Bordeaux Challenge 2021

An estery bouquet with a lift of dark berry and cassis aromas and a rich well-balanced palate with good depth and length of flavours. An elegant wine.

96 pts
Huon Hooke
The Real Review

Very deep red/purple colour, with a subdued, slightly earthy bouquet while the palate is full-bodied and gritty textured, with some slightly rustic, chewy tannins and good persistence. A good honest glass of full-bodied red.

91 pts
Winewise - December Treats
Lester Jesberg

The rich blackcurrant aromas reflect the best of McLaren Vale cabernet. The dark berry of shiraz adds substance to a satisfying palate that finishes with a caress of oak.

4 1/2 stars
Mike Bennie
WBM Nov/Dec 2020

A mix of blueberry, mulberry, leafy herbs, cigar box and truffley scents and flavours. Feels generous, thickset but layered, with sheets of powdery tannin adding some body and chew. Nice to see a muscular red with such control and drive. Satisfying, strong red wine.

93 pts
Fine Wine Club
Barry Weinman

Ripe berry and currant, with supple oak support. Perfectly ripe fruit on the palate is silky and fine, with the Cabernet adding structure. The finish is long, supple and elegant, with a drying, textural finish that gets a touch chewy. An impressive wine that deserves time in the cellar.

95+ pts
Campbell Mattinson
Wine Front

Cabernet and shiraz go hand in glove, as proven once again here. This is excellent. Firm, powerful, well textured and long. Importantly, it’s been ripened and picked appropriately; it’s not been overcooked or overdone. It tastes of cloves and blackcurrant, vanilla cream, cedarwood and woodsmoke, the tannin flecked with dust. It feels hearty and polished at once; it’s so well balanced that it drinks well now, but it has both the sturdiness and the stuffing to age, and to age well. Drink 2022 – 2032+.

94 pts