Eight at the Gate

Wrattonbully, Australia

The vineyard was established in 1994. Having clocked up her first decade in viticulture, Claire saw a Wrattonbully site for sale that she already knew was exceptional. The name of the wine label is derived from the morning ritual of assembling their eight children “at the gate” for the school bus. The sisters’ philosophy around growing grapes and making wine is much the same as raising their children; provide a sustainable, healthy, nurturing environment and don’t interfere too much!

They are in southern Wrattonbully, in South Australia, midway on the inland route between Melbourne and Adelaide, on elevated tablelands, somewhat off the beaten track where they can focus on the business of growing premium wine grapes without distraction. Wrattonbully is a premium appellation in Australia’s lauded Limestone Coast, growing premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Chardonnay grapes, prized by many producers for inclusion in Australian premium multi-regional blends.

Year           1994

Country     Australia

Address    PMB 46 Wrattonbully Rd,
Wrattonbully SA 5271

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Jane Richards & Claire Davies

Women Wine Leaders

Sisters Jane Richards and Claire Davies grew up in the country, very close to their vineyards, with their parents and three other siblings and have always had a strong connection to the land. Even when they didn’t own rural land directly, they would regularly help out on the family farm. It was hard work, and the family rallied with all hands on deck to get through the tough times. Claire, a Roseworthy viticulture graduate, had the vineyard skills whilst Jane had the business skills.



Eight at the Gate

Single Vineyard 2018

Pale straw, white peach with zesty citrus notes, subtle stone fruit, citrus with flinty notes. A hint of oak. Clean and refreshing. An elegant wine. ….. Friendly.

Vineyard Family Selection 2019

Medium gold, stone fruit and citrus blossom. White peach and citrus with a hint of brioche, good weight and mouthfeel. An elegant wine. Vegan Friendly.

Vineyard Family Selection 2016

Deep purple. Rich blackberry, cedar, and vanilla with a hint of spice. Velvety smooth with ripe berry fruits and polished tannins. A hint of chocolate.

Single Vineyard 2021

Dark cherries and blue fruits with undertones of stewed fruit and plums with a hint of tobacco. Medium to full palate weight, powerful flavours of spice, pepper and sumac. 


Single Vineyard 2023

Fresh aromas of pink lady apples and ripe Buerre Bosc pears cascade from the glass. The palate shows green apple and chalky minerality finishing with a soft touch of wild honey. 


Single Vineyard 2023

Lifted watermelon and cranberry notes delight the nose with a promise of what’s to come. The palate is juicy and bright, tangy strawberries, a touch of redcurrant and a crisp red apple crunch. 


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