The Old Rifle Range (the Shadow Creek home block)

The vineyard was established in 1998 in the foothills of McLaren Vale. The rich red gum country the vineyard occupies is on the side of Willunga escarpment and 55 to 60 metres above sea level. The climate is cool and breezy at night but the shiraz is well exposed to the ripening sunshine through the latter part of the day.

The vineyard comprises two blocks, the north and the south sections that are planted with different clones. The south block is managed for a lower yield harvest. The north block is pruned and irrigated to produce higher yields.

We support natural, sustainable farming with a focus on improving the land and leaving it better than when we arrived here. We run sheep in the vineyard after harvest until bud burst which has reduced the need for chemical intervention and means less slashing for weed management. We manage the vineyard with organic principles and irrigate the vines with recycled water.

In 2022, we have planted several acres of Nero d’Avola, a dry medium-bodied red. Nero thrives in warm, dry climates and uses less water than the traditional varieties. Sounds perfect for McLaren Vale! See more at Halliday Wine Companion.

Koalas, lizards, wallabies and deer are all regular visitors that you will see fossicking and exploring.

The Foggo Road Block 

Planted over a lifetime ago.

The vineyard boasts 90+ year-old dry-grown grenache and shiraz vines atop sandy, well-draining soil. With huge canopies, the gnarly old vines are treated with loving care, the grapes are handpicked, and their juiciness allows them to shine in the winemaking process.

We also have some younger shiraz vines planted in this vineyard. Still, over 30 years old, the vines are low yielding and are producing fascinating fruit.

  • Luxury Accommodation

    Ideally situated in the heart of McLaren Vale, Shadow Creek is a comfortably beautiful place to come home to after a busy day out exploring and making the most of the region. Perfect for solo travellers and couples, Shadow Creek offers privacy, thoughtful design and stunning landscape and ocean views from every room.

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  • Babymoon at Shadow Creek

    Shadow Creek is a wonderful place to relax with your partner before the new arrival. Sleep in, take a nap and call it an early night. With multiple beaches close by and some of the best restaurants in SA. You can explore, or do as much or as little as you desire.

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  • About the McLaren Vale Region

    With more than 70 cellar doors to visit throughout the region and over 160 vineyards, there is a wine for every palate. Famous for our McLaren Vale shiraz and grenache, you will also enjoy other varietals more suited to the warming weather.

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