Seven Brothers

The illumination of an outstanding old-vine shiraz

Sevenhill Cellars was established in the Clare Valley in 1851, and since its foundation, there have only been seven winemakers among the Jesuit brothers’ community. Tucker Branding’s brief was to create a label for a special release Shiraz to commemorate and celebrate the seven Jesuit brothers’ contribution to Sevenhill.

Appropriately, the wine, sourced from the revered Schreiner block of Shiraz planted more than 150 years ago, typically yields a small quantity of outstanding fruit for each Seven Brothers’ vintage release.

After determining this small batch wine should sit at the pinnacle of the Sevenhill range, we set about creating a design that reflected the great ecclesiastical tradition of ‘illuminating’ manuscripts — a centuries-old practice of crafting ornate detail from the gothic lettering of early handmade printing.

The handcrafted typography of the Missal Romanum, produced by the renowned European art printer Henry Reiss in 1872 and gifted to Sevenhill’s Jesuit community, served as inspiration for the beautiful gold icon used in the finished identity, packaging and collateral.

Only 50 dozen bottles of this extraordinary wine are made for each vintage of the Seven Brothers’ Old Vine Shiraz. The wine is released as an exclusive offering to members of Sevenhill’s premium wine club, The Slate Cellar.

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