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Hiraji's Spell Shiraz

Hiraji was one of the most successful horses bred at Borambola by Fred William Hughes, a pastoralist, industrialist, racehorse breeder and owner, who died in 1950 at the age of 81.

Hughes was an enterprising businessman who revolutionised the sheep industry at a time when Australia “rode on the sheep’s back.” He acquired a number of properties, including Borambola, and used extensive irrigation to improve his pastures. By the end of World War II he reputedly ran 600,000 sheep. He was equally successful when he turned to his hand to racehorses in 1935. Within ten years he had acquired some 300 racehorses and in his thirteen years of racing had 270 winners. Hughes’ greatest successes were winning the Sydney Metropolitan twice, with Dashing Cavalier (1941) and Nightbeam (1944), and in his crowning year 1947 the Melbourne Cup and 2nd in the Caulfield Cup with Hiraji. He ran the race of his life at the 1947 Cup, finally victorious after racking up a record number of minor placings in the lead-up to the carnival race. This was the first year jockey Jack Purtell won the Cup, but he would go on to do so three times.

Tasting Notes
A lovely fruity full style of Shiraz. With a nose and palate dominated by fruit flavor. Overall this wine displays smooth light tannins which integrate with dominate fruit flavours.

Winemakers Notes
Colour: An almost black centre with deep purple and crimson rim
Nose: Lifted nose of wild blueberry and pepper
Palate: Has firm tannins and a chary oak finish

Viticulture & Production
Varietal Composition – 100% Shiraz from Borambola, Gundagai NSW

Chemical Analysis 
Alcohol: 13.0 v/v 
Ph: 3.37
Total Acid: 6.6 g/l 

  • 2003 Shiraz Bronze Medal (2007 Cowra Wine Show)
  • 2003 Shiraz Silver Medal (2006 Wagga Wagga Wine Show)
  • 2005 Hiraji Spell Shiraz Bronze Medal (2007 Dubbo Wine Show)
  • 2006 Hiraji Spell Shiraz Silver Medal (2008 Canberra Wine Show)
  • 2006 Hiraji Spell Shiraz Bronze Medal (2008 Cowra Wine Show)
  • 2006 Hiraji Spell Shiraz Bronze Medal (2009 Cowra Wine Show)
  • 2010 Hiraji Spell Shiraz Bronze Medal (2011 Cowra Wine Show)

Hiraji's Spell Shiraz