Our wine was very well received by the Magazine's tasting panel who enthusiastically evaluated the wine. All the wines were tasted blind and judged in their appropriate price points.
They have done the numbers for the last 5000 wines they have tasted (roughly 1200 per edition over last 12 months) and the percentages across those tastings are as follows as at 10th March 2020:
97 Points & above: 0%
95-96 Points: 1.6%
93- 94 Points: 4.4 %
90 -92 Points: 6.7%
85 -89 Points: 7.1%
84 Points & Below: 80.2%
95 points - Gold
The gently spicy edge to the blossom aromas is coupled with a whisper of musk, the palate adding to the appeal of the bouquet with its display of lime and lemon zest palate. There is power to the base, yet no hint of extraction. Really enjoyable, and great value
James Halliday, Wine Companion, 1st April 2019
2018 Joshua Tree Riesling - 95 points - 5 stars
It is fabulously expressed on the nose showing lemon peel, fresh apple, lime zest and blossom aromas, followed by a juicy palate that is vibrant and beautifully expressive. The wine is pristine and bright with youthful flavours, yet immediately approachable, backed by fine texture and crisp acidity. Charming and irresistibly attractive.
2018 Superstition Reserve Riesling - 96 points - 5 stars
A magnificent offering; the inviting bouquet shows white flesh stone fruit, lime sorbet, Gala apple and white floral aromas. The palate is focused and finely textured, delivering outstanding fruit concentration and intensity, wonderfully structured by bright acidity. the wine offers lovely flow and refinement, finishing impressively long and engaging. Impeccable.
2017 You'll Never Walk Alone Grenache Shiraz Mataro - 94 points - 5 stars
It is sweetly perfumed on the nose showing raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, hazelnut and violet aromas with hints of spice and cocoa. The palate delivers excellent weight and intensity, backed by silky texture and plush mouthfeel, leading to a persistent delectable finish. Wonderfully harmonious and flavoursome.
2017 London Calling Cabernet Malbec - 94 points - 5 stars
Youthfully charming and inviting, the bouquet shows Black Doris plum, blackcurrant, vanilla, almond and floral characters with a hint of mint chocolate. it is succulent and mouthfilling on the palate, displaying excellent weight and intensity, backed by plush texture and polished tannins. Generous and satisfying.
2017 Dark Side of the Moon Shiraz - 95 points - 5 stars
Offering fruit power as well as refinement, this splendidly expressed shiraz shows mixed berry compote, dark plum, vanilla, cedar and warm spice aromas on the nose, followed by a wonderfully flavoursome palate that is fleshy and supple. The wine offers terrific fruit purity combined with gorgeous oak infusion, backed by beautifully integrated fine tannins. Seductively aromatic and immensely delicious.
2015 Nirvana Reserve Shiraz - 96 points - 5 stars
This is magnificently fruited and enticing on the nose showing blackberry, blueberry, chocolate tart, cake spice, floral and cedary wood characters, followed by a concentrated palate that is opulent and impressively weighted. The wine offers glorious fruit intensity backed by lavish texture and velvety mouthfeel, wonderfully framed by seamlessly woven silky tannins. Power and grace in one.
Highly acclaimed Clare Valley producer Claymore Wines is excited to have reached platinum status, celebrating twenty years of production with the release of the 2018 vintage of Joshua Tree Riesling.
Dark Side of The Moon Shiraz, another of their iconic wines, turns twenty with the 2018 to be released in the next couple of years. However, they will celebrate that birthday when they get to it. For now, the focus is on revelling in the 2018 vintage rieslings, paying particular homage to the birthday boy; Joshua Tree.
At this special time Claymore Wines are pleased to announce that Nathan Norman, who has been been working within the company as the assistant winemaker, now steps up to takes the reins as Winemaker.
Nathan is an eighth-generation wine maker who grew up on his Grandfathers farm at Angle Vale. His formative years were spent at Peter Lehman Wines where he ‘cut his teeth’ in the winery after leaving school. He then travelled to Sicily, England and Spain for vintages, eventually returning to work with Tin Shed Wines for the better part of a decade. In his new appointment at Claymore Wines, Nathan will have oversight of all Vineyard and Winemaking operations.
He has been involved in crafting some great wines in previous roles and is looking forward to taking over the winemaking reins at Claymore. Given it is Claymore’s twentieth year of production, he is particularly excited about stamping his mark on the twentieth releases as they roll out, starting with the twentieth vintage of the Joshua Tree riesling in September.
Nathan, who has a particular fondness for the grape that is riesling, is super “chuffed” to be the Winemaker who gets to “hang his hat” on this vintage.
Claymore also welcomes Steve McKenzie to the production team as Vineyard Leading Hand and Cellar Assistant, he joins them with a wealth of experience from Quelltaller Estate, another iconic winery from the Clare Valley.
Regarding his new position, Nathan says, “It’s a family thing. My dad, my brother, my sister, my grandad… Winemaking is something that is in my blood. To be here in the Clare Valley, the Riesling capital of the world; well I wouldn’t have it any other way!”
Ian Gray and Pamela Honeysett have recently returned from their epic adventure as our prize-winners to the Claymore Wines Members Club annual competition. This competition sees two lucky people jetted off to Liverpool for three days of sight-seeing, including an Anfield Stadium tour, lunch in the Liverpool FC cafe and a corporate package to see our adored Reds play a home game at Anfield, including a ride home in the Liverpool FC players team bus back to their hotel, a noted highlight for them both!
Ian and Pamela extended their trip to see some of what Europe has to offer. While they concur, that after being dazzled by Liverpool, some of what they saw was a bit underwhelming. However, one of their highlights was in Switzerland where they enjoyed a bottle of Claymore ‘Dark Side if the Moon’ that Ian had carefully brought along for such an occasion.
Here is a photo of their balcony view in Switzerland where they thought it was a perfect setting to enjoy their favourite Claymore drop.
Ian comments, “We would like to thank Claymore Wines so much for the trip experience you have made available through the promotion. Obviously, there can only be one winning couple and Pamela and I were very, very fortunate to have our name drawn.
Pamela and I are just so happy to be part of the Claymore family and look forward to a long association of enjoying the wines and events.”
We are thrilled to add Ian and Pamela to our Claymore Family and also look forward to a long association with them both.
Claymore Wines would like to congratulate Ian Gray and Pamela Honeysett from Glengowrie, as the lucky winners of the “Liverpool Experience” competition. The prize includes a trip for two people to Liverpool in the UK valued at more than $6,000. Ian was selected in a random draw by Claymore Wines, and will be taking his partner Pamela Honeyset on their first visit to the UK.
The competition was open to members of the Claymore Wine Club, as an opportunity to toast the wine company’s partnership with Liverpool Football Club in the UK. The winner was determined via a random draw selection at their city headquarters in Adelaide earlier this month. The prize includes return economy airfares for two people to Manchester UK, airport transfers, three nights’ accommodation in Liverpool, a behind-the-scenes tour of Anfield and tickets to the home match between Liverpool FC at Anfield against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday 13 May.
Proprietor of Claymore Wines, Anura Nitchingham said the ‘Liverpool Experience’ competition was initiated in 2016 to commemorate the partnership with LFC and the Claymore Wines.
Anura said “We are thrilled to offer this prize to Ian and Pamela, who have never been to the UK before. Ian is a keen sportsman himself, and has a strong passion for great wine and football.”
“The Claymore Wine Club annual ‘Liverpool Experience’ competition is a way for our members to share our passion for wine, music and football. For the last three years, all active Claymore Wine Club members have been eligible for the chance to win a trip for two to Liverpool UK – the home of the Beatles, a burgeoning food and wine scene and of course the Liverpool Football Club. This will be the last year we will run the competition, but will offer a new prize in 2019.
“The wine club has grown in excess of 900 active members who were all automatically eligible for the competition. We hope to continue to grow our loyal fan base for Claymore Wines and Liverpool FC,” he said.
Winner Ian Gray said he is "over (the dark side) of the moon" to be the lucky recipient of the prize.
“I have never travelled to the UK before and really only ever expected that it would be a trip I would do in retirement,” Ian said. “To have the opportunity of being taken to the UK as a prize and with the privilege of being a guest at a Liverpool home game as the pinnacle of the trip, it's going to be a life story and memory that will remain with Pamela and I always.”
“I have always been naturally drawn in as a supporter of Liverpool as the bold colour of the uniform jersey matched as my old school colour. Since being introduced to Claymore and with the promotion of the “Liverpool Experience” being up for grabs, I have keenly noted the results of past draws with somewhat of a jealous eye.
“All the Groupies know that we all would love to win this highly valued prize, but of course, no-one actually ever expects to receive "that call" and after the surprise of my call I could only be described the feeling as being "over (the dark side) of the moon",” he said.
The Claymore Wine Club annual ‘Liverpool Experience’ competition has run consecutively for three years from 2016-2018. Each year all active Claymore Wine Club members have been eligible for the chance to win a trip for two to Liverpool UK. In 2019, a new prize will be available for Claymore Wines Club members. For more information, phone 08 8843 0200 or visit www.claymorewines.com.au.
Claymore Wines General Manager, Carissa Major, has been announced a finalist in the award category of Workplace Champion of Change, she is the only finalist from the Clare Valley!
On Tuesday 22nd August The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society together with the AWIWA Advisory Board announced the finalists of the 2017 Australian Women In Wine Awards.
The eight awards on offer this year attracted a record number of entries.
AWIWA Board member and CEO of Oliver’s Taranga writes;
“So much talent across the width and breadth of Australia’s wine region regions, so many women really pushing the boundaries and achieving world class results. Very proud to be able to shine the light on these stellar women.”
“I am humbled to be awarded a finalist in these prestigious awards, it is a pleasure to be afforded the recognition of a ‘Workplace Champion of Change’ but I can’t accept the recognition that this award shines on me without acknowledging that I have surrounded myself with people that push me to be the best that I can be (and in turn each other) and that also display a very real respect for this business and each other.” Carissa Major comments.
“The work of The Fabulous’ Ladies Wine Society in curating these awards, among everything else that they do, is of great value in highlighting the work of some of the amazing and inspirational women in our industry. The Women in Wine awards affords everyone the opportunity to get a bit excited and make some noise about gender equality and acceptance of diversity, in general, in the workplace.“
The two other finalists in this award are Professor Eileen Scott (Adelaide University) and Kendall Clements-Virag (Pernod-Ricard). “It is truly a privilege to be nominated among such esteemed peers.” Says Carissa. “Unfortunately, I cannot be present at the awards in London but we (my Claymore team and I) will be watching the awards live in Clare on Tuesday 26th September. Whatever the outcome, it has been an honour to have been awarded a finalist in this category.”