The Gate Cabernet Shiraz 2019

Tasting Note

The generous dark and red berry flavours of the Shiraz flow through the structured palate of the Cabernet Sauvignon and highlight the fragrant cassis and blueberry aromas. Robust tannins edge the deep fruit and earthy minerality as found in many an established McLaren Vale red. A delightful mulberry jam will round off a sip and pairing will be excellent with lamb, beef or hearty meals.

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


  • The Drinks Association Perennial Trophy for Best Shiraz at the Royal Sydney Wine Show
Gold medal:
  • 2022 Royal Hobart Wine Show - 96 points
2022 Halliday Wine Companion - 92 points


100% McLaren Vale


54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% 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