Although Jim and Helen Watts were warned against planting vines in soils of heavy clay on their newly purchased Fox Creek Vineyard property in 1984, they persevered. The result was exceptionally good quality fruit that have become the supreme wines within Fox Creek’s range. The 1994 Shiraz, Fox Creek’s first wine, won best wine at the 1995 McLaren Vale Wine Show.
Our JSM Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc was named after the decorated army Captain, James Stanley Malpas who was born in Willunga in 1873. His family lived in what is now our cellar door cottage and ‘Stan’ (as he was known) carved his initials in the stone lintel above the front door in 1891 when he was 18 years old.