09 Aug MEDIA RELEASE
KIRRIHILL WINES’ CLARE VALLEY SHIRAZ CROWNED AUSTRALIA’S BEST VALUE RED
AT THE 2019 KPMG SYDNEY ROYAL WINE SHOW
Kirrihill Wines has overnight been awarded the George Mackey Memorial Perpetual Trophy for Best
Value Red at the 2019 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show. Announced at an invitation-only dinner in
Sydney’s Barangaroo district, the award went to its 2018 Kirrihill Regional Selection Clare Valley
Shiraz – marking a landmark win for the premium producer.
Kirrihill Wines was created by two mates Sean Edwards and Rob Stanway in 1998, and its story is
compelling. With a family history in Clare dating back to the 1860’s, the two share a passion for their
brand, a deep connection to the Clare Valley and a friendship built on history, perseverance and
Kirrihill’s portfolio consists of three ranges; The Icon range named after one of South Australia’s
early pioneers; E.B. Paddy Gleeson, Founder of Clare, the Vineyard Selection range which consists of
wines hand selected from super-premium vineyards across the Clare Valley, and the Regional
Selection range – varietal and regional wines made to reflect the best expression of the region in
Since its inception, Kirrihill’s focus has never wavered; produce the best regional wines, using the
best vineyards and the best people. Chief Winemaker Susie Mickan has completed 32 vintages
across Australia, Spain, China and the US and continues to bring her wealth of experience and skill in
making exceptional wine to the Australian and international wine industry.
“This award acts as a benchmark for quality for me and confirms the reasons I was initially excited
to join Kirrihill. The team has the utmost dedication to overdelivering quality and with some of the
best cool-climate vineyards in South Australia in their stable and a strong Clare family history and
understanding of the region, this award is just”. Susie has commented.
Susie’s experience will be welcomed as the company embarks on a major period of expansion and
change both within the winery and for the brand globally. Kirrihill is continuing to focus on
diversifying its grape supply base by aligning with premium growers while expanding its vineyard
holdings, investing heavily in its winemaking facility, focussing on building its premium portfolio and
elevating its brand architecture to drive growth across all markets.
Yet another element to the growth strategy is the recent acquisition of the Schober’s Estate
Vineyard – an iconic 40-year-old Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling vineyard that has earned it
its reputation as one of the top twenty red wine vineyards in the country. Schober’s Estate is
amongst the top-rated red wine producing vineyards in Australia. Its unique red clay over limestone
soils consistently produce complex wines rich in concentration, with outstanding regional character
and cellaring potential.
Chairman Sean Edwards accepted the trophy at a gala dinner in Barangaroo and has commented on
the exciting times that are transpiring within the company.
“This award sends a spectacular message to all our friends in China, USA, Australia, our distribution
partners, our suppliers and customers that our vineyards and winemakers are world class. Any
accolade that we receive is an affirmation as to why they deal with us for luxury wine. For the
Kirrihill team, it feels like all our hard work is really paying off”.
2018 Kirrihill Regional Selection Shiraz
Made from select Clare Valley vineyards, the 2018 Kirrihill Regional Selection Shiraz is expertly
blended to reflect the best of the region’s characteristics. Each parcel of fruit remains separate
throughout the winemaking process to capture the individual flavour profile and is blended just prior
bottling to produce a more complete, complex yet balanced wine, deep inky red in colour and full
bodied with flavours of plum, dark berries and a touch of spice.