Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most famous and widely planted red grape varieties in the world. It is immensely popular in Australia, where world-class wines are made in Coonawarra, Margaret River and the Yarra Valley. Each region has a distinctive character, but all tend to be more fruit-forward than those from France. Coonawarra has a distinct mint or Eucalypt aroma, Margaret River has a more tomato leaf character, while Yarra Valley is more elegant in style.

Its original home is Bordeaux, where it is the dominant grape on the left bank, Medoc and Graves. In Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and with small amounts of Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the New World, it is both blended and made as a straight varietal. Excellent wines are also produced in the Napa Valley and Chile's Maipo Valley. The grapes are thick-skinned providing the characteristic high tannins and deep colour. The Cabernet Sauvignon wines tend to show fragrant cassis, herbaceous, full-bodied with high acid.
The McLaren Vale wine region is located less than an hours drive south of Adelaide, straight down the picturesque coastline.

Shiraz is by far the most widely planted variety, and the most important variety for the region, accounting for about 50% of the total crush. Every winery in the region will likely be producing at least one or more Shiraz wines, and with the wide range of unique terroirs available, each influenced by the maritime climate in unique ways, each Shiraz will have its own regional nuances.

Shiraz produced in McLaren Vale will often exhibit chocolate and coffee notes, with a little less pepper than those from Barossa Valley, and are often blended with Grenache. Other red varieties grown include Cabernet Sauvignon (and Merlot blends) Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Zinfandel. The main white variety would be Chardonnay, however Sémillon and it's common blending partner Sauvignon Blanc are made, alongside lesser amounts of Riesling, Pronto Bianco, Vermentino and Fiano.

If you plan to visit McLaren Vale there are over 65 cellar doors so you'll be spoiled for choice, ranging from the small-boutique wineries to very large wineries. The drive from McLaren Vale up to the Barossa Valley is very scenic, passing over the rolling Adelaide Hills, and though the quaint German-settled town of Hahndorf.
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  1. Secret Deal Mclaren Vale Cabernet 2018
    ACCOLADES; 96 & Top in Category Winestate Magazine, October 2020 95 & Gold Medal Sam Kim, May 2020 Sourced from one vineyard on the corner of Rifle Range and Hunt Road in the eastern McLaren Vale, on the approach to the Adelaide Hills. The soils are ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    Winestate Magazine
  2. Coriole Mary Kathleen Reserve Cabernet 2016
    Bright dark cherry, rosehip, cassis and dark plum. Sweet sage flower perfume and a subtle touch of nutty oak. A rich and bold entry with lashings of dark fruited flavour, blackcurrant and a little dark chocolate, The tannins are plush ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  3. Fox Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Fox Creek has a winemaking history that dates back to 1984 when Helen and Dr Jim Watts purchased a 32ha property in McLaren Vale. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  4. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 'Trueman' Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    The Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon is without a doubt one of the finest wines in the in distinguished Hickinbotham range. The pretty topnote aromas of bergamot and blueberry cover the first impressions of flavour. Step two is the strapping acid-and-tannin realisation; ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  5. Hickinbotham 'Trueman' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Trueman is the pinnacle of Clarendon Cabernet. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  6. Hickinbotham The Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    2018 Trueman carries a quiet yet powerful grace often reserved for some of world’s finest wines. Evoking aromas of ripe blackberries and bittersweet chocolate with hints of rose petal and wild sage. This transitions to an impeccably balanced palate with ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
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    Nick Stock
  7. HALLIDAY'S HIGH SCORERS MIXED 6 PACK

    YANGARRA IRONHEART SHIRAZ 2017 - 99 points, 
    HICKINBOTHAM BROOKS RD SHIRAZ 2018 - 98 points, 
    HICKINBOTHAM THE TRUEMAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2018 - 97 points. 

    Experience the best of the McLaren Vale with this premium case of top-rated reds. ... Learn More

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    Toni Paterson MW
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    Gary Walsh
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