The Clare Valley is one of Australia’s most prominent and historic wine regions with wine being a way of life since 1851. The region is well know for its distinctive Riesling wines but also its long lived red wines account for more than half of the plantings in the region.
The Clare Valley has a distinctive climate, due in part to the altitude of 350 to 500 meters, which delivers cool nights in what is otherwise a warm growing season. Good grapes make good wines, and good grapes come from the perfect growing climate. George’s vineyards span 100 acres of premium fruit with vines of a commercial age, grown in soil featuring clay on limestone, producing high-quality, premium fruit, so good that our vineyard is the origin “source block” of Carménère grapes Australia-wide.
The two pillars of the Clare Valley.
Vineyard Location: Armagh, Clare Valley, South Australia
Armagh is a small historic village in the western Clare Valley, about 137 km north of Adelaide, South Australia. All of the Shiraz fruit from this vineyard, goes into making Georges Exile.
The vineyards are managed to be low yielding, fruit is “Dry Grown”, intensity of fruit flavours are maintained by low cropping levels at 2 -2 1/2 tonnes per acre.
The soil in the Armagh Valley is perfect for Shiraz growing characterised with clay on limestone, bringing the dark berry & plum flavours, which we compliment by maturing in new and old French Oak barrels for 18 – 24 months bringing tannin & spices into the mix of flavours.
- “Big Block” – 3.42 hectares – planted 1996
- “House Block” – 1.5 hectares – planted 1998
- “Block 4″– 1.82 hectares – planted 1999
- “Young” Block – 2.66 hectares – planted 2000
Georges Wines expanded their landholding after acquiring the old “Bass Hill Vineyard”, and opening the “Georges Auburn Vineyard” representing an increase of 27 hectares of mature Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvingnon, Mataro & Malbec vines.
The site was selected after an extensive search of the Clare Valley to acquire a plantation that would expand and continue Georges mission to continue producing premium grapes, inline with the strong belief that “Good wines come from good grapes”. A true winemakers’ vineyard with a history of producing award winning single vineyard wines.
The Auburn Vineyard sits atop a hill at the southern end of the Clare Valley, and along with the Georges Armagh Vineyard atop a hill at the northern end of the Valley, represent the two pillars of the Clare Valley.
13 Vintages of 100% Clare Valley
Georges Wines is a proud local employer of the Clare Valley community, and all our contractors and suppliers being either local producers or distributers, meaning each and every glass of Georges is a taste of the Clare Valley itself.
Georges has partnered with another well-known Clare Valley name, O’Leary Walker as contracted winemaker to bring on board their award-winning, wine making experience to complement our premium grape produce. First vintage was in 2004 and has sold out every year. Dry grown, single origin and low production which means you are getting a unique old wine for the price of a new wine.
Georges Wines began back in 2000 with the purchase of the original Springwood vineyard. 13 vintages and two reserves later Georges Clare Valley Shiraz is recognised by the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion as one of the top rated excellent value wines available in Australia.
Nick George`s aim was to produce a rich bottle of red without the extravagant price tag.
“It always makes me laugh when I get the reaction from people who have just tried it for the first time, they’re amazed and really surprised at how good it is for the price. It’s a proud and satisfying moment for me that my wine creates such pleasurable emotions.”
Georges wine was born from the love of the Clare Valley. Nick`s desire was to own a beautiful piece of it, this led him to purchase a small valley boarded by McDonald Road and Benbournie road in the Armagh Valley.
The vines had been masterfully established by Dick Watson, one of Clare’s old school viticultural icons at a time when big corporations were cancelling grower contracts. The fruit from Springwood was still in high demand but Nick decided to take control and produce his own premium Shiraz initially just to drink himself and share with his family, friends and colleagues. The venture was an outstanding success with demand steadily increasing.
His obsession has continued from there. Nick will only make wine he’s proud of, he only wants to drink great wine, “great wine comes from superb fruit and the focus of Georges is entirely on cultivating excellent fruit from the Clare Valley.”
The love of the people in the industry is now driving his passion. The offering has recently expanded with the acquisition of the renowned Bass Hill vineyard.
“We are proud to be part of Clare Valley and the wine industry, we will continue to support the local community with employment and growth. Our 1st submission to the Halliday Wine Companion in 2018 has given us, I believe, well-deserved recognition for the hard work and attention to detail in the vineyards undertaken thus far. We will continue in the years ahead to produce nothing but premium wine at affordable prices.”
The Halliday Wine Companion is the bestselling and definitive guide to Australian wines, written by James Halliday AM, respected wine critic having worked in the industry for 47 years, he is an unmatched authority on every aspect of the wine industry.
Georges “The Exile” Shiraz achieved a rating of 93 / 100, placing it among the top premium wines in Australia, alongside the 2013 Shiraz vintage (92 / 100) and the Georges Watervale Riesling (89 / 100).
These awards are a testament to Georges Wines commitment to the adage “Good wines come from good grapes”, which dictates our focus entirely on cultivating excellent fruit from the Clare Valley, which is renowned for the best grape-growing conditions in the world.