2018 Dune Desert Sands Shiraz

McLaren Vale, SA

Single vineyard, low-yielding, intensely concentrated McLaren Vale Shiraz.  The top of the tree for Dune.



Yes. A real pedigree here. Classy stuff.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

A more classic McLaren Vale red here from a producer better known for its innovative takes on the region.  And it's a ripper!

It comes from an extremely low-yielding parcel of Shiraz fruit on Dune's Blewitt Springs vineyard.  It's open-fermented and matured for 12 months in 10% new oak, ensuring vitality and freshness along with the sheer power and richness of what is excellent fruit.

A power-packed McLaren Vale Shiraz, great either now with some air or certainly with time in the cellar.

About Dune

Duncan and Peter Lloyd are the latest generation of Lloyds (of Coriole fame) to make wine in McLaren Vale.

Growing up immersed in the hotbed of food and wine culture that is McLaren Vale, the boys have now partnered up to start their own wine project with a stunning vineyard in Blewitt Springs as the centrepiece.

The grapes are farmed organically, the wines are made with a gentle touch, but rather than let the 'minimal intervention' philosophy hem them in with dogma, the boys are free to tinker and blend as they see fit.

These are fantastic, energetic wines that have set a cracking pace with only a few vintages under the brand's belt. Keep your eyes peeled for what's next for the brothers Lloyd.

The Dune vineyard
The Dune vineyard
McLaren Vale, SA
Additional Info

From the Producer

Single vineyard, Blewitt Springs, 1 tonne to the acre.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14.1%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030

Duncan and Peter Lloyd at the blending bench
Duncan and Peter Lloyd at the blending bench
McLaren Vale, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Halliday Wine Companion

"The yield was less than 1t/acre, open-fermented, matured for 12 months in 10% new oak. The one-piece cork suggests some of the wine is headed a long way north. It's hard to separate the intensity, acidity, fruit and tannins - don't waste valuable drinking time." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Wine Front

"Slick and concentrated, wonderful slippery feel and silky but firm tannins helping everything along. Scents of lathed wood, dark berries, salted plums, flavours plummy, salty, spicy, dark chocolaty. Yes. A real pedigree here. Classy stuff." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


"This is such a delicious shiraz with a pristine nose of dark cherries, plum liqueur and chocolate. Such a silky palate with smooth-honed, fine tannins that run fresh and long, carrying essence-like dark-plum and berry flavors. Drink or hold." -


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