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Leeuwin Estate, Siblings



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The Siblings Shiraz has a bright and lifted bouquet of cherries, redcurrants and juicy plums enhanced with anise, cocoa and cinnamon. Textural and layered, the palate offers fresh and lively primary red fruits, with sweet spices and savory characters complemented by Burgundian oak

Variety: Shiraz
Region: Margaret River
Winemaker: Leeuwin Estate
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 13.5%

Winemaker's Notes

Bright redcurrants, dark cherries and boysenberries prominently feature with black cardamom, star anise, cinnamon quill and delicate violets in the background. Tightly framed palate with bright acidity and defined with plump cherries and blackcurrants. Subtle notes of chocolate, coffee and pepper notes lead to a structural finish with powdery tannins

John's Notes

In May, WineJug featured Leeuwin’s Prelude Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, and received great feedback from multiple clients (it sold out fast). It’s also one of the bottles that I personally tasted, and I was particularly impressed by the energetic intensity of the red and black fruits both on the nose and on the palate.  As such, it was a no-brainer to grab some of Leeuwin’s Siblings Shiraz 2017 as soon as it became available to me.  I think you’ll enjoy it

Nerdy Details

Winemaker:  Leeuwin Estate

  • Leeuwin Estate, one of the founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district of Western Australia was established in 1973
  • In 1972, legendary Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Mondavi, first identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard as being ideal for the production of premium wine and provided early mentorship to owners, Denis and Tricia Horgan in the establishment of Leeuwin Estate. The first vines were planted by hand over a five-year period from 1973

Variety: Shiraz

Region: Margaret River, Australia

Climate:  The Margaret River region is located in the southwest tip of Australia, and is generally considered to have a warm maritime climate.  It has relatively high rainfall compared to other parts of the country, but the rains are predominantly during the winter months


  • The Leeuwin vineyards are situated on the mid to low slopes of a sequence of rolling hills formed by the dissection of the Boodjidup Brook creek system that drains from east to west and to the Indian Ocean
  • Spanning from 47m – 85m above sea level, the undulation of the property offers numerous aspects which allow for production of the primary varieties such as Shiraz
  • The free draining soils are typically red brown gravelly sandy loams to sandy clay loams with lateritic iron rich pisolites scattered throughout the soil profile
  • The objective of Leeuwin’s viticultural practice is low interventionist
  • With the emphasis on quality rather than quantity, yields at Leeuwin are kept low
  • Harvesting in the vineyard is done is small batches to ensure all grapes are picked at their optimum flavor and sugar balance. A single vineyard block may be harvested on up to four occasions to take into account the changing soil type and micro-climate


  • Fruit is fermented in open fermenters which are plunged and pumped over daily
  • Wine is run to new, one and two-year old French oak barriques to undergo malolactic fermentation
  • After nine months the various components are blended and aged in barrel for a further 12 months
  • After assemblage the wine is fined and bottled on site
  • This wine is made for cellaring 8 – 12 years

Alcohol: 13.5%

Pairs Well With:  Smoked meats, grilled lamb, hard cheeses


James Suckling (91): A bright and sexy shiraz that shows fresh citrus, blueberries, black pepper and cedar. Medium body, fine and supple tannins and a fruity finish

Wine Enthusiast (90): This medium-bodied Margaret River Shiraz, from one of the region’s most well-known names, is a solid drop, if not quite as characterful this vintage as in previous years. It offers notes of black currant, blueberry and red berry laced with anise, white pepper and a hefty helping of vanillin oak spice. The mouthfeel is granular in texture, with clean tangy berry fruit and drying tannins


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