Claymore Wines founder and owner, Anura Nitchingham, has three great loves in his life – wine, music and football – and he celebrates all of them through the winery he began in the 1990s, having arrived there with his family after a successful medical career in the UK.
Anura entwines his love of music into the vision for his varietals and names his wines after his favorite songs and albums through time, with labels as catchy as the tunes they represent.
Being in Clare Valley, the estate’s signature wine for us is the Joshua Tree Riesling, named after the iconic U2 album and just singing with scintillating aromatics and the bracing, mouth-zapping liberation of a Friday night G&T.
Clare excels in big reds too, with the Bittersweet Symphony Cabernet Sauvignon, Dark Side of the Moon Shiraz and London Calling Cabernet-Malbec guaranteed to put a smile on your face (try NOT humming along to the songs as you breath in the waves of thick black fruit from these blockbusters!).
Finally, Voodoo Child Chardonnay is a truly rare and beautiful thing. Surrounded by old Riesling and Shiraz vines, this small plot was planted in the 1960s and produces only a couple of hundred cases. “Commercially it’s pure madness but I just don’t have the heart to rip these great old vines out”, Anura told me, as I boom-chicka-wow-wowed to Hendrix.