My visit at this traditional winery was very brief. I concentrated on its historic Rhone varieties, first planted in 1895. The winery has now added many other varieties, and some technology, but open fermenters and the basket press from 1928 remain at its core.
I thought the 2011 Ironmonger Cabernet/Shiraz, the 2016 Hillside Shiraz, and the 2017 Griffon's Key Grenache were all pleasant wines, but not memorable.
The highlight was clearly tasting the 2016 Block 6 Shiraz, from vines more than 120 years old. This is a full-bodied wine with intense blackberry, plum fruit and olive flavours. The wine has good length and surprisingly fine tannins - a classic McLaren Vale Shiraz (94 points).