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Lawsons have been involved in the fine wine auction market since our doors opened in 1884.

Our traditional wine sales focus mainly on rare and collectable Australian and overseas wines and spirits.

The Winemakers Drop sits aside from our traditional business and provides an opportunity for buyers to purchase table wines by the dozen that are deemed fit for immediate drinking. Each auction will highlight either a particular grower, or a small subset of growers from a specific region.

Our wine department is focussed on bridging the gap between producer and consumer by essentially bringing the cellar door to you as the end user. These are wines that you will not find at major retail outlets. Instead, these wines have been handpicked by us based on quality, sound production techniques and value for money.


Three Winemakers from Clare Valley

Our focus is on boutique and unique and that rings true with our first 3 vineyards – all from the picturesque Clare Valley, or The Clare as it’s aptly referred to by locals. Many long-standing, boutique producers who are passionate about retaining the region’s reputation, have created a lasting framework of high quality wine production from the Clare Valley.

Home to more than 30 wineries, the 3 we are showcasing below each have their own unique and compelling story, but hold one distinct similarity, they all produce premium quality wines.

The Clare is one of Australia's oldest wine-producing areas that is widely known as the Home of Australian Riesling, as well as fast becoming well regarded for its premium quality Shiraz and Cabernets. The climate features a warm to hot summer, but cooling afternoon breezes play a major role in slowing down the ripening process.

Clare Valley produces only 3% of Australia’s total grape crush but wins over 20% of all the Australian Wine Awards.





Since 1994, Chief Winemaker and Owner, Leigh Eldredge, has developed Eldredge Vineyards into a highly awarded vineyard, winery and restaurant. Having received numerous accolades for his wines, he is now widely considered one of Clare Valley's top wine growers. Described by acclaimed wine critic, James Halliday, as 'a dark horse winery – a winery to firmly keep your eye on'.

With its favourable position, situated on the iconic Spring Gully scenic drive route, 440 metres above sea level and boasting backdrop views of the Blyth Plains, it has become one of the best-kept secrets of the Clare. It is an excellent tourist destination and vineyard site, which produces premium and award winning Shiraz, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon,Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Pinot Gris.

Leigh Eldredge’s winemaking philosophy and main focus is to 'create affordable wines of premium high quality that reflect not only our character, but also that of the wonderfully unique Clare Valley'.

Wine No. 1: 2017 Eldredge Riesling

Winemakers Comments: The fruit for this Riesling comes from Eldredge Vineyards, Spring Gully Road. Clare. It is from the coolest eastern corner at 500 metres above sea level
Cellaring: Can be enjoyed young and fresh or until 2020
Winemaking Style: Only the free run used. Temperature controlled ferment stainless steel
Vintage Comment: Good weather throughout ripening period. This is a Classic Clare Riesling
Awards: Canberra Riesling Challenge 2017 - Gold, Winestate Magazine – 4.5 stars                

‘One’s nose is confronted by a big bowl of fruit upon first sniff. Well it’s not really a confrontation more of a caress. Some of the more classic Clare lime and talc traits are playing in the background. It is plump, generous and fruity with immediate generosity and accessibility. Acidity is relatively soft and the whole package possesses good balance.’

Wine No. 2: 2016 Eldredge Boundary Shiraz Cabernet  

Winemakers Comments: The Boundary is a softer less oaked style. Showcasing some top quality fruit from the Clare
Cellaring: Drinking well now but can be cellared for 5 - 8 years
Winemaking Style: Fermented in open stainless steel fermenters, pressed and matured in older American oak for 14 months
Vintage Comment: A good vintage, producing soft rewarding drinking

‘Aromas of camphor, blood plum & vanilla. The fruit glides along the palate with a little tart acidity pulling the ripe berries and dark orchard fruits into line. Complex and open knit.’

Wine No. 3: 2017 Eldredge Pinot Gris

Winemakers Comments: Fruit for this wine comes from a vineyard just east of Sevenhill in the Clare Valley. The Vigneron grows many alternative varieties and we were very happy to secure a small parcel of pristine Pinot Gris
Cellaring: Best drunk young and fresh
Winemaking Style: Free run and pressings used. Temperature controlled ferment stainless steel
Vintage Comment: Perfect ripening conditions with very good rainfall in November and Febuary, resulting in some of the best fruit seen for years
Awards: Clare Wine Show 2017 – Gold

‘Light to pale straw in colour, the aroma gives an initial hint of frut saladith lifted pr &etarine. Wonderfullysweet fruflavours on the palate that lingers with a touch floral honey, and finishes with clean crisp citrus.’



Crabtree – a long and proud heritage in the Clare Valley - is situated in the heart of the historic and iconic Watervale District. The soils in Watervale are traditional red loam over limestone, slightly alkaline and have good water holding capacity, which is considered to contribute greatly to the success of their Riesling wines.

The Crabtree site has been planted to vineyards for well over 100 years, with the first vines being planted in the 1880s.

Since 1984, the winery has enjoyed significant success with medal-winning Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Crabtree’s vision was to “develop a wine business modelled on the famous French Burgundy estates - renowned for their home-grown wines that truly reflect the site the vines are grown”.

Wine No. 4: 2017 Hilltop Riesling      

Showing fragrant herbal aromatics with upfront citrus fruit flavour for lively palate freshness and soft acidity.

With careful cellaring this wine should mature gracefully for 10+ years. This versatile wine can be matched with many dishes. Go spicy with Singapore chilli crab or a green Thai fish curry.

Wine No. 5: 2016 Watervale Shiraz 

Estate grown fruit, classic Watervale Shiraz with lifted berry fruits of mulberry and plum skin.

Showing dried wild aromatics of liquorice, bay leaf, fennel seed, cardamom, and cinnamon and with just a hint of menthol.  A lovely restrained framework, rich, plush mid palate with a long elegant finish.

Basket pressed in small parcels then matured in a blend of new French oak barrique for 18 months.

Best served decanted. With careful cellaring this wine should mature gracefully for 10+ years. Delicious paired with a classic duck confit, white bean and smoky garlic sausage cassoulet.

Wine No. 6: 2017 Grenache Bay of Biscay Rosé

Showing lifted aromatics of strawberry and floral spice with layers of red berry flavour and juicy fresh acidity. The palate is vibrant and refreshing; a wine to be enjoyed now. Planted in 1946 this vineyard is known as the Bay of Biscay soil; heavy, sticky, black clay that holds moisture well and is ideal for the Grenache varietal.

Drink chilled, with tapas style cold charcuterie meats, crusty bread, black olives, wood fired pizza. Celebrate the weekend wth Chinese barbecue pork matched with the fruity spice of this wine.




Steve Wiblin had 13 yearas Co-Owner and Winemaker at Neagle’s Rock preceded by another 17 years with the ‘Big Boys’. Steve’s love of the Clare Valley was forged in those early days.

The name ‘Erin Eyes’ is derived from a touch of history within his family where he explains that, “in 1842 my English convict forebears John William gazed into a pair of Erin Eyes. That gaze changed our family make-up and history forever. In the Irish influenced Clare Valley what else would I call my wines but Erin Eyes”.

Steve believes that the Clare Valley presents some of the most favourable growing conditions for grapes and as a result, is internationally recognised for three major varieties: Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet. The Cabernets generally benefit from blending with various amounts of other red varieties to maximise their structure and appeal.

Awards/ Accolades: 5 Red Star ‘Halliday’ Winemaker 2017 and 2018. James Halliday’s Wine Companion – Top Cellaring Selection 2015 and one of the 10 ‘Dark Horse Wineries’. 2017 Emerald Isle Riesling has won gold medals from Wine Showcase Magazine. And has been rated as – 93 Points. One of the best in the region.

For the second year in a row Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Malbec has been selected to represent Australia in the Six Nations Wine Challenge. This is the only wine show in the world where the wines are entered following an invitation from each country’s Judge.

Wine No. 7: Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes 2017 ‘Emerald Isle’ Riesling

Another vintage ideal for Riesling, heavy winter rain kept moisture in the ground well into January. The vines required little additional water resulting in high natural acid. A blend between vineyards in Sevenhill and Penwortham.

Aroma - Palate
- A perfumed aroma of blossoms, citrus and peach.

Strong citrus characters of lime and lemon with riper peach and pears. A full mid palate and great mineral finish and lifted by natural acid gives a generous drinking Riesling.

Strong lime and lemon flavours to start and a full mid palate with a great mineral and soft acid finish.

Sit in some clover (3 leaf) and sip with canapés while socialising pre-dinner. Continue drinking with your favourite seafood or chicken.

Wine No. 8: Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes 2016 ‘Ballycapple’ Cabernet Sauvignon – New Release

The consistency of the Clare climate usually produces a good Cabernet Sauvignon. 2016 with a wet winter and mild summer takes the variety to a new level. Aged for 20 months in new and old French Oak.

Colour: Deep Purple Black
Aroma: Intense mixed forest fruits and cedar from the French Oak
Palate: An intensity of cassis fruit only a great vintage can produce. The smoothness of this cabernet to drink comes from the lighter crushing giving softer, finer fruit tannins.

Wine No. 9: Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes 2016 ‘Shamrock’ Malbec – New Release

Great weather conditions suited the ripening of Malbec. Colours were intense for Malbec and gentle pressing still extracted fine colours and tannins. Matured in mixed forests French Oak.

Colour: Brilliant red and hints of purple
Aroma: Blackberries/cassis and mocha notes on the nose
Palate: A fine mixture of blackberry, chocolate and mocha characters dance on the tongue and linger after you swallow. Rich and luscious, comforting - one of the best red varieties of Clare. An all rounder, drink with whatever food takes your fancy.