Shingleback Wine

Shingleback 'The Davey Estate' Video feat. John & Kym Davey


When planning a trip to McLaren Vale a visit to the Shingleback Cellar Door should be on every agenda. Located at the entrance to the McLaren Vale township, our cellar door is housed in what was the original barn of Aldersey Farm. Built in the late 1800's and lovingly restored in 2003, warm in winter and cool in summer, we are sure that your visit to our cellar door will be a welcoming, friendly and memorable part of your McLaren Vale experience. As well as having the opportunity to sample and purchase our range of award winning wines, including cellar door only special releases, you will be able to view artworks by talented local artists. No matter what style of wine you are looking for, the friendly and knowledgeable team at cellar door will have it or be able to advise where to find it. We look forward to welcoming you to Shingleback Cellar Door.

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Located in the heart of McLaren Vale, South Australia.


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John Davey, Owner, Viticulturist & Senior Winemaker

Like most winemakers John Davey adheres to the adage that “great wine begins in the vineyard” but few winemakers can claim the enviable position that John enjoys today – that of overseeing winemaking from vine to bottle, an advantage that John believes gives the Shingleback portfolio a competitive edge.

After graduating with credit from South Australia’s Roseworthy College with a Degree in Oenology, John joined the Mildara Blass group as a winemaker, based at the Krondorf Winery in the Barossa Valley. On leaving Krondorf in late 1998, John furthered his experience both as a winemaker and consultant in regions as varied as Langhorne Creek, the Yarra Valley, Wrattonbully and California.

During the 1990’s a long held dream was realized – John and his brother Kym combined their talents to develop the Shingleback Vineyard in the McLaren Vale, on property owned by the family since the 1950’s.

“When you own your own vineyard and make your own wines, you manage the site right down to the individual vine,” John explains. ”Our goal is to produce superior fruit that will make rich, ripe and complex wines, typical of the McLaren Vale. Small batch open fermentation and minimal handling help to express the terroir of the region, allowing the essence of the grape to shine through.”

John, his wife Kate and their 3 children live south of Adelaide, within easy reach of the winery and vineyard. A keen fisherman, when not working or running the kids to school sport, John aspires to reel in the catch of the day.


Let the Davey brothers introduce you to McLaren Vale, one of Australia’s most renowned wine growing areas. During the 1990’s, Kym & John Davey brought their combined expertise in winemaking, farming & business to continue & develop the estate first farmed by their Grandfather in 1957. Their goal was, and remains, to produce affordable, quality wines that express the true character of McLaren Vale.

Practices & Techniques

The sustainably managed family estate has a predominantly Shiraz & then Cabernet Sauvignon focus. The smaller plantings of Chardonnay & Semillon also benefit from John’s fastidious winemaking skills, instilled during his early days as a specialist white winemaker.

A modern, but minimalist, approach to crafting the wines is taken. Respecting the fruit is crucial. Small batch open fermentation, gentle handling, pressing and maturation result in balanced, food friendly wines, expressive of their terroir and variety.

From it’s genesis in 1998, when the first wine (Shingleback Shiraz) was released under the Shingleback label, the Shingleback portfolio has grown into a collection of fine wines that include Shingleback, Haycutters, Red Knot and The Gate. Each made in its distinct style, these wines showcase the best the McLaren Vale region has to offer. They also represent a family committed to producing outstanding wines from the land they love.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The McLaren Vale region is located 45 minutes south of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. The area is bound to the south by the Sellick's Hill range, extends east to Clarendon, reaches to the north just beyond Reynella and is bordered on the west by the waters of the Gulf St. Vincent. First planted with vines in the 1830's, McLaren Vale is best known today for its internationally acclaimed rich, flavourful Shiraz.

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3 Stump Hill Rd
McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171

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