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The Story Behind Aziza Shiraz

In 1951 the Harkham Family were amongst the first pioneers of Israel’s renowned wine region, Zichron Yackov, where they lived for 16 years. Aziza Harkham, matriarch of the Harkham family, with no electricity and scarce running water used to make natural food and wine for the family from fresh produce and grapes that she had grown. In 2005 Terry, Efrem and Richard Harkham decided to buy Windarra Estate and winery in the Hunter Valley in a move to get back to their roots.

We are a family run and owned business, and generally only crush between 20-25 tonnes a year. We focus on very small batches with extremely high quality. Our own vineyard is farmed using organic methods and we source fruit from a couple of other vineyard partners who we work closely with to ensure they meet our standards.

Through minimal intervention in the winemaking process we are able to express most clearly the amazing terroir driven flavors that the Hunter Valley is renowned for. All our fruit is carefully handpicked and sorted to eliminate rot, unripe fruit and any other diseases, so we can make a style of wine from 100% naturally fermented grape juice.

The Aziza Shiraz

A beautiful wine from one of the best vintages for Shiraz in the Hunter Valley, our hand harvested Shiraz grapes are gently fermented in the style of traditional producers from Southern France – the spiritual home of Shiraz. It’s our 13th year making this wine. It’s bursting with black fruit flavors of cherry and plum , licorice, cloves and cedar. The wine took really long to go through malo meaning more time in oak. After another year of bottle aging and we now have a beautiful wine ready for drinking. Full body with a lovely long finish…zero preservatives or additives, hand picked fruit, this wine was made with the highest quality every step of the way…