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Bill Talbot
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Shiraz grapes

We make seriously good shiraz

At Talbots Block we do just one thing – we make Shiraz – Seriously good Shiraz.

Our Shiraz is made exclusively from fruit grown on our acclaimed low yielding Talbots Block vineyard – a pristine, elevated, gently sloping site located in the heart of Sevenhill in South Australia’s Clare Valley. Production is limited to 1000 dozen per year.

Talbots Block Shiraz stands out for its rare combination of intensely concentrated fruit flavour matched with a gentle long soft finish.

Our goal is to make Shiraz that is renowned as being among the best in the world. A lofty ambition for sure—but some people are already telling us it’s the best Shiraz they’ve ever tasted. You be the judge.

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In 1997 a couple of starry eyed shiraz-lovers—the Talbots—surrendered to the beauty of the Clare Valley and bought a block of wine country. We dreamed of some day making our own wine to share with friends.

The block had formerly been part of a large sheep grazing property, but local viticultural and wine experts confidently assured us it was a prime site for development of a shiraz vineyard. And so it has turned out to be.

Since planting in the late 90s the vines have matured to produce grapes with powerfully concentrated flavour year after year. Due to the particular characteristics of the vineyard site and a lifetime of restricted watering the vines are low yielding, producing meagre crops that are typically associated with gnarly old vines whose fruit is earmarked for high-priced ultra premium brands.

These days our home is perched high on the block, which not only gives us glorious views across our vineyard but also provides unlimited opportunity to monitor and tend the vines whenever we please. This means we have an exceptionally intimate knowledge of our vineyard—so important in bringing out the best in each section of vines every year.

Inspired by our friends who marvelled at our early test batches of wine we started the Talbots Block wine business in 2011. And since we grow only shiraz fruit we decided that we should dedicate ourselves to producing only shiraz wine.

Everything we do in the vineyard and the winery is focused on just one thing—making Shiraz, seriously good Shiraz.
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The Dragon

The Talbots Block dragon is a symbol of power and status.

The dragon is derived from centuries old ornamental statues associated with the Batak people of North Sumatra, Indonesia. Historically, Batak rulers and elites used these small hollow ornaments to store and carry medicine. Over time, through association with the noble classes that used the dragon for medicinal purposes, it became widely recognised as a potent symbol of power and status.

Perhaps over time people will also associate Talbots Block shiraz drinkers with power and status. Without doubt, our drinkers will be readily identified as people who know their wines, with a highly discerning taste for premium quality shiraz.

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The Talbots Block vineyard is located at Sevenhill, in South Australia’s Clare Valley premium wine region. Talbots Block is a highly specialized boutique wine maker – growing only shiraz fruit and producing only shiraz wines. We craft two distinctly different styles of shiraz; both are true to the elegant smooth finishing styles of the best Clare Valley Shiraz—but they stand out for the power of their sumptuous fruit and their exceptionally soft finish.

Our vineyard covers just 5ha and is set in amongst gently undulating slopes. It is planted to just one variety—shiraz. Thanks to the nature of the site and a lifetime of limited watering its mature vines are low-yielding, producing fruit with powerfully concentrated flavours. At more than 450m above sea level the vineyard is perfectly sited to produce premium cool climate fruit for our award winning winemakers to craft into elegant intensely flavoured shiraz.

As a small producer we sell our wines by the dozen, however, we have introduced a 6 pack case for the Sultan 2015 for those wishing to order smaller quantities. Become a Friend of Talbots Block to receive discounts by the dozen.

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Contact Details

📍 62 Possingham Pit Rd, Sevenhill South Australia 5453
📞 Enquiries: Bill & Alex 0403 517 401
✉️ shiraz@talbotsblock.com.au

We are a ‘virtual’ cellar door, however, visits to our vineyard are available by appointment at a mutually convenient time.

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Use this form to send us a message. We might be out in the vineyard tending to our grapes, but we’ll respond as soon as possible.

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We can be found on Facebook and Instagram at the links below.

We love to hear how much Shiraz lovers enjoy our wine. So we encourage you to forward your feedback via facebook. Why not have some fun while you’re at it and include photos of you and your friends sharing a bottle of Talbots Block.

The best photos received will be added to our web site photo gallery. Let your creative juices run wild. We look forward to receiving your contributions.


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