McWilliam’s 1877 Shiraz

This prestigious wine takes its name, “1877”, from the year 1st generation winemaker, Samuel McWilliam, planted the winery’s first vines in Corowa NSW and McWilliam’s Wines was born. Crafted from vigorously selected, high quality fruit from mature, low yielding vines, the 2014 vintage of McWilliam’s “1877” is a Shiraz from some of the best vines in the Hilltops region of NSW.

ALC/VOL : 13.5  %
COLOUR : Vibrant red purple.
WINEMAKER : Andrew Higgins

PEAK DRINKING : Drinking well now but will reward medium to long term cellaring.


Hilltops, NSW


Bright fruits of dark cherry, pepper and charcuturie coupled with lifted florals and fresh toasty oak.


Medium-bodied with bright acidity and fine slatey tannins. Perfumed fruits and meatiness continue on the palate. Needs a couple years in bottle.


Huon Hooke

Very deep purple/red colour and a superbly ripe, rich, concentrated bouquet. It's full-bodied - but where's the oak? The oakiness that afflicted these wines in the past is happily absent. Soft, fleshy, supple-textured wine, with great intensity of fruit as well as elegance. Medium to full-bodied, fruit-driven and soft of tannin: a gorgeous wine and will live long-term. (40% new oak, but the power of the fruit dominates the oak).

Campbell Mattinson
Wine Front

Shiraz from the Hilltops wine region. Not sure about calling this “1877”, but I’m sure there’s a logic somewhere. It’s a good wine, very good in fact, if not really in line with its price tag. In my opinion. It’s both savoury and fruit-filled at once, a layer of sweet oak slipped over the top. Raspberry, red/black cherry, black pepper, dried herbs. More red than black, as they say. Firm-ish with tannin. Well-balanced. Pimped up, just a bit. Not quite a ‘show style’ of old, but not far off.

James Halliday
Wine Companion 2017

The icon wine of the large vineyard in the Hilltops. Elegant and medium-bodied, it's freshness and vibrant red and black fruits are couched in quality oak and finely detailed tannins. Its balance means it can be enjoyed young, matured or aged.