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Some 50 years later in 1950 Eric Brand (a baker by trade) and his wife Nancy Redman acquired the same 24 hectare property with just over 2 hectares of Shiraz and named it ‘The Laira’ Vineyard in honour of Captain Stentiford’s favourite Clipper, which bore the same name.

For the next 16 years Eric worked as a ‘Blocker’ – the name given to Coonawarra landholders who sold their grapes to other wineries in the region. That is until 1966 when armed with an antique basket press, a must pump and 4 concrete fermenters, and blessed with the best Coonawarra weather of the decade, Eric produced his very first vintage under the Brand’s Laira name. Tellingly, Eric would go on to become the First Patron of Coonawarra for his contribution to the region.

Today the brand proudly offers an outstanding range of wines, including the Flagship One Seven One Cabernet – recently awarded Best Coonawarra Cabernet at the International Wine Challenge 2017 and the highly awarded Blockers Cabernet.

1893

Captain Henry Stentiford names the estate 'Laira' after his beloved ship.

1935

Tall Vines Shiraz is planted.

1950

Eric Brand acquires two hectares of Shiraz planted by the Captain, becomes a Coonawarra 'Blocker'.

1966

Eric produces his first wine, a Shiraz under the Brand's Laira label.

1968

Our oldest block Cabernet Sauvignon is planted.

1970

Awarded Stoddart Trophy at the Queensland Royal Wine show for the best 1 year old dry red.

1971

Planting Cabernet grape vines for One Seven One.

1968

Eric's cellar opens - formerly a fruit drying shed, garage, workshop and barrel shed.

1993

Kirkgate Vineyard is planted, home to the iconic Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon.

1995

First vintage of Stentiford Shiraz produced.

1996

Eric named patron of Coonawarra.

1999

Peter Weinberg becomes Chief Winemaker for Brand's Laira.

2000

New Cellar Door opens.

2006

Best Cabernet Sauvignon for Show at the Royal National Show 2006.

2009

First vintage of One Seven One Cabernet Sauvignon release.

2016

Blockers Gold Streak - awarded seven gold medals.

2016

Brand’s Laira turns 50.

2017

Brand's Laira One Seven One awarded Best Coonawarra Cabernet at the International Wine Challenge.

2019

Started new cellar door renovation, 2018 Blockers Chardonnay won Best Chardonnay @ Limestone Coast Wine Show.

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Awards

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2013 One Seven One Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver Medal - Limestone Coast Wine Show (2015)

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2014 Blockers Shiraz

Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards (2019)

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2015 Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirit Challenge (2018)

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2015 Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver Medal - Limestone Coast Wine Show (2018)

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2015 Stentiford's Shiraz

93 Points - JamesSuckling.com (2018)

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2016 1968 Vines Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver Medal - James Halliday Cabernet Challenge (2019)

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2016 1968 Vines Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver Medal - Royal Hobart Wine Show (2019)

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2016 1968 Vines Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver Medal - Cowra Wine Show (2019)

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2016 1968 Vines Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold Medal - National Wine Show of Australia (2019)

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2016 1968 Vines Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold Medal - Royal Adelaide Wine Show (2019)

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2015 Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver Medal - Cowra Wine Show (2019)

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2015 Stentiford's Shiraz

95 Points - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion (2019)

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2015 Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon

94 Points - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion (2019)

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2015 Stentiford's Shiraz

Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards (2019)

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2014 Blockers Shiraz

Silver Medal - International Wine Challenge (2019)

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2014 Blockers Shiraz

Silver Medal - Mundus Vini (2019)

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2015 Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold Medal - AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge (2019)

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2015 Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon

Double Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards (2019)

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2018 Blockers Chardonnay

Silver Medal - AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge (2019)

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2018 Blockers Chardonnay

Gold Medal - Limestone Coast Wine Show (2019)

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2018 Blockers Chardonnay

Trophy: Pan Dunsford Trophy for Best Chardonnay - Limestone Coast Wine Show

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2018 Blockers Chardonnay

Silver Medal - Mundus Vini (2019)

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2018 Old Station Riesling

Silver Medal - Canberra International Riesling Challenge (2018)

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2018 Old Station Riesling

Silver Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show (2018)