Three Dark Horses is the project of former Coriole winemaker Matt Broomhead. After vintages in southern Italy (2007) and the Rhône Valley, he returned to McLaren Vale in late 2009 and, with his father Alan, buys quality grapes, thanks to the many years of experience they both have in the region. The third dark horse is Matt’s grandfather, a vintage regular. But things are changing. In Nov ’17 the business acquired a vineyard in McLaren Vale and will build an onsite winery. They are expanding the plantings with grenache blanc, clairette and touriga nacional, and reworking some of the shiraz vines planted in 1964. Part of the vineyard is sand soil–based interspersed with ironstone, a highly desirable mix for shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. Exports to NZ and China.