The Wishbone Cabernet Shiraz


Wishbone Cabernet Shiraz: An Expressive Australian Red Blend

Wishbone Cabernet Shiraz is produced by the forward-thinking team at Smalltown Vineyards, located amongst the rolling hills and rugged landscapes of South Australia. Established in 2008 with the goal of bringing high quality, small-production wines to market at an affordable price point, Smalltown Vineyards sources fruit from a network of meticulously managed vineyards across Australia’s premier wine regions.

By partnering with dedicated growers and leveraging close relationships with winemakers, Smalltown is able to cherry-pick the finest parcels of fruit to create their range of expressive, over-delivering wines. Their Wishbone Cabernet Shiraz blend combines two quintessential Aussie varietals into an intriguing, complex and immensely drinkable red wine that celebrates the diversity of Australian terroir.

Viticulture and Vinification

Wishbone Cabernet Shiraz sources its Shiraz from very old, dry-farmed vines rooted in the ancient sandy alluvial soils of riverland sites in South Australia. This special plots yield intensely flavoured Shiraz full of ripe cherry and blackberry notes. The Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested from low-yielding vineyards in the Barossa Valley, where the rugged terroir adds structure and blackcurrant lift.

The grapes are harvested by hand and transported to the winery where each parcel is fermented separately. A portion of the wine completes fermentation and maturation in seasoned and new French oak barrels for added complexity, while the remaining portion is aged in stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit. After 10 months the parcels are blended, then bottled unfined and unfiltered to retain maximum flavour and character.

Tasting Notes

Wishbone Cabernet Shiraz allures the eye with its bright, deep purple-red hue.

The expressive nose offers generous scents of fresh black cherry and ripe blackberry, with subtle hints of eucalyptus and green olive.

On the palate, mouthfilling flavours of juicy red and dark berries mingle with undertones of sage, thyme and black pepper.

The slick, rounded mouthfeel cascades into a smooth, velvety finish featuring well-integrated oak spice.

This medium-bodied blend shows incredible balance and accessibility.

With its heady fruit, supple texture and exceptional balance, Wishbone Cabernet Shiraz exemplifies the iconic Aussie red blend.
Open a bottle to experience the spirited soul of Australian winemaking.

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Perfect Serve Nailed!

A versatile match for a wide variety of foods, Wishbone Cabernet Shiraz pairs beautifully with grilled and roasted beef, game meats, lamb, and vegetables, as well as boldly seasoned dishes.

It’s right at home at a backyard barbecue. Serve at 16-18°C in a generous wine glass to allow its expressive aromas to shine.

Cellar for up to five years for added complexity.


Brand The Wishbone
Country Australia
Region Barossa Valley
Size 75cl
Grape Cabernet | Shiraz
Flavour Black Cherry | Eucalyptus | Black Pepper
Attributes Not Vegan