Grampians, McLaren Vale

The Grampians wine region is situated near the Grampians National Park and the Pyrenees hills in Victoria. Only a two hour’s drive west from Melbourne, this area is known primarily for their luscious, full-bodied red wine such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is also known to produce crisp, citrus-driven Rieslings.

Home to over 15 wineries, Grampians enjoys a Mediterranean climate because of its closeness to the Southern Ocean which brings a wave of cool winds to the vineyards during the summer. During the daytime, the temperatures tend to range from warm to hot and it cools down to cold temperatures during the night. Autumns in Grampians are blissfully mild which allowing for ideal conditions for ripening grapes. The soil of this region is divided into two main types: soil which is acidic grey brown loamy sands and clay loam soils, and hard yellow soil with structured clay sub soils. Because of the acidity of the soils, the pH levels have to be increased with the addition of lime to make them favorable for grape growth. This may explain the hints of acidity and citruses in the wines of this region.
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. SEPPELT 'ORIGINAL' SPARKLING SHIRAZ NV
    From Treasury Wine Estates regarding the wine now being a NV rather than a wine from a specific vintage: "We are making this change to deliver more complexity and consistency year on year. By combining vintages we are creating a ... Learn More
  2. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'SHIRAZ BY YANGARRA ESTATE' 2018
    Made exclusively for United Cellars by Yangarra Estate using barrel selected fruit. Aromas of dark fruit aromas, along with blueberries, dark chocolate and some floral notes. A medium-full bodied palate packed with juicy black fruit, hints of licorice and dark ... Learn More
  3. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'SANGIOVESE BY PRIMO ESTATE' 2017
    It makes perfect sense that Primo make a superb Sangiovese, as Joe Grilli has spent many vintages making wine in Italy, the home of the variety. Very lifted aromas of vibrant cherries, Turkish delight and a lovely chocolate undertone. Complex ... Learn More
  4. ROCKBARE TIDEWAY GRENACHE 2017
    RockBare is a great example of the region’s signature wine. This bright and crunchy number presents a savoury touch with an intense concentration of flavour that makes this wine stand out from the pack with fine walnut–like tannins. ... Learn More
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  5. THISTLEDOWN GORGEOUS GRENACHE ROSE 2019
    Grenache is Australia’s signature grape variety and we’re slightly obsessed with it. Our first Rosé is sourced from an old, single vineyard in Berri. Beautifully pale, salmon pink with delicate aromatics and lovely texture, it lives up to ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    Nick Butler
  6. COATES LA PETITE CUVEE SPARKLING SHIRAZ NV
    The base wines are predominately French oak matured Shiraz from McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. Rounding out the blend are small percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional of up to ten years of age. The inclusion of older ... Learn More
  7. YANGARRA 'PF' SHIRAZ 2019
    "The PF Shiraz is made from grapes grown on our certified biodynamic single-estate vineyard, grown without herbicides, fungicides or synthetic chemicals. It is made without additions of any kind: sulphur (preservative), acid, tannin or finings. It's intense, dark and perhaps ... Learn More
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  8. SC PANNELL 'FIELD ST' SHIRAZ 2018
    “I love this wine and I love drinking it. It’s been stripped back from the artifice of winemaking to express the purity and breadth of McLaren Vale Shiraz” - Steve Pannell Field St Shiraz is made from the vineyard ... Learn More
  9. SC PANNELL 'BASSO' GARNACHA 2018
    “Lighter, warm climate red wines based on Grenache particularly from McLaren Vale have a growing place on the tables of Australian diners. Youthful, flavoursome wines to make you smile that match where and how we live, and the food we ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  10. CORIOLE McLAREN VALE NERO D'AVOLA 2019
    "A medium body wine of fragrance and finesse. The grape variety Nero d’Avola was originally grown in southern Sicily and suits warm climates. Coriole produces a fruit forward, early drinking style. This is Coriole’s sixth commercial release. " - ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  11. THE OTHER WINE CO. MCLAREN VALE GRENACHE 2019
    Since day one The Other Wine Co. has championed a modern style of Australian Grenache with brightness, spice and juiciness, drawn from magnificent old vine fruit grown in sandy soils. 2019 is notable for exciting new grower parcels. Three main Blewitt ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  12. SC PANNELL TEMPRANILLO TOURIGA 2017
    Abundant Tempranillo black fruits, plums, cocoa and wet earth overlaid with Touriga National’s pungent fruit mince, jasmine scented florals and nutmeg/cinnamon spices. It is a rich flavoursome, medium-full bodied wine. The palate is long and consistent with integrated ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  13. YANGARRA ESTATE GRENACHE SHIRAZ MOURVEDRE 2016
    A careful blend of 68% Grenache, 26% Shiraz and 6% Mourvèdre - beautifully conveys the traditional estate blends of the southern Rhone. The backbone of the wine comes from old bush vine Grenache planted in 1946. "A bright and fragrant aroma, with spicy ... Learn More
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  14. YANGARRA ESTATE SHIRAZ 2016
    Shiraz from our estate vineyard adopts more of a cooler climate expression than the typical McLaren Vale style thanks to the vineyard’s elevation and cooling night breezes from the nearby Southern Lofty Ranges, but retains concentration and complexity. - ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  15. SC PANNELL 'DEAD END' TEMPRANILLO 2017
    “The fourth release of Dead End Tempranillo from the mildest vintage since 2011; a wine of real presence, complexity and depth with an extra punch of fruit.” - Steve Pannell. Drink Now until 2022. ... Learn More
  16. UNITED CELLARS RESERVE SELECTION 'NEBBIOLO BY PRIMO ESTATE' 2017
    It makes perfect sense that Primo make a superb Nebbiolo, as Joe Grilli has spent many vintages making wine in Italy, the home of the variety. Lovely lifted aromas of vibrant rosewater, raspberries and sweet cherry. Beautifully balanced noted of ... Learn More
  17. UNITED CELLARS RESERVE SELECTION 'CABERNETS BY YANGARRA ESTATE' 2018
    Comprised of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, 14% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Franc, this is a wine of exceptional complexity, balance & beauty. Incredible lifted perfume of berries, cassis, choc mint and potpourri overlay an appealing earthy undertone. These continue onto a wonderfully ... Learn More
  18. SC PANNELL GRENACHE SHIRAZ TOURIGA 2017
    62% Grenache, 29% Shiraz, 9% Touriga Nacional. Hand-harvested, crushed, and traditionally vinified in small open top fermenters. Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tank, then transferred to large-format French vats for 8 months. “Youthful and vibrant with immediate freshness. Fruit driven and loaded with dark ... Learn More
  19. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'VINO TINTO BY SC PANNELL' 2016
    Made exclusively for United Cellars by the supremely talented Stephen Pannell. 55% Shiraz, 23% Tinta Cao, 22% Touriga Nacional This is a restrained and savoury red wine, driven by its juicy rich blue and purple fruit but framed assertively by the strong, spicy ... Learn More
  20. YANGARRA ESTATE ROUSSANNE 2018
    "In 2003 we grafted Roussanne over Cabernet Sauvignon roots and began the journey with this obscure variety (which is equally as rare in its original home of the southern Rhône), this is 100% Estate grown in Kangarilla, McLaren Vale. From its ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  21. YANGARRA ESTATE SHIRAZ 2018
    "Shiraz from our estate vineyard adopts more of a cooler climate expression than the typical McLaren Vale style thanks to the vineyard’s elevation and cooling night breezes from the nearby Southern Lofty Ranges, but retains concentration and complexity." - ... Learn More
  22. YANGARRA OLD VINE GRENACHE 2018
    From bush vines planted in 1946 high on the Estate’s deep sandy soils, the Old Vine Grenache is complex, perfumed and elegant with a trademark tannin structure. Pretty floral aromas and briary bright red fruits. The palate shows lots of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  23. YANGARRA OLD VINE GRENACHE 2016
    From bush vines planted in 1946 high on the Estate’s deep sandy soils, the Old Vine Grenache is complex, perfumed and elegant with a trademark tannin structure. Pretty floral aromas and briary bright red fruits. The palate shows lots of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  24. YANGARRA​ 'OVITELLI​'​ ​G​RENACHE​ 2017
    "The name ‘Ovitelli’ is a portmanteau of ‘ovi’ and ‘vitelli’ meaning ‘egg’ and ‘life’ respectively. The Ovitelli Grenache is our most perfumed and elegant Grenache from the sands at Yangarra. The vibrant fruit of the dry-grown 1946 planted bush vines is ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  25. SC PANNELL CABERNET MALBEC 2017
    This is the second release of this wine, and is the follow-up to the wine that blew away the competition to win Best Wine of Show at last year's McLaren Vale Wine Show. The Cabernet component comes from Stephen's Koomilya ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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  26. YANGARRA KING'S WOOD SHIRAZ 2017
    This is the inaugural release of the King's Wood Shiraz and it is exceptional. Aromas of red fruit, boysenberry, plums with notes of graphite & cloves - complex and inviting. A beautifully structured wine with vibrant acid and fine tannins supporting ... Learn More
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  27. YANGARRA 'SMALL POT WHOLE BUNCH' SHIRAZ 2016
    100% Shiraz. 25% Whole bunch. 18 months maturation in French oak. "Very aromatic with with intense dark fruits and spice. The whole bunches used in the ferment really increase the complexity and tannin structure of this wine. Black and blue fruits are supported ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  28. YANGARRA​ 'OVITELLI​'​ ​G​RENACHE​ 2018
    "The name ‘Ovitelli’ is a portmanteau of ‘ovi’ and ‘vitelli’ meaning ‘egg’ and ‘life’ respectively. The Ovitelli Grenache is our most perfumed and elegant Grenache from the sands at Yangarra. The vibrant fruit of the dry-grown 1946 planted bush vines is ... Learn More
  29. ​YANGARRA​ 'ROUX ​BEAUTE​' ROUSSANNE 2018
    Hand-picked from Block 6 (1.0 Ha) on the 16th March. This is our oldest Roussanne planting, now 15 years old. Forty percent was destemmed, crushed, and placed into 675L ceramic eggs. This portion was fermented on skins for 193 days before pressing. No pressings ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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    Toni Paterson MW
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  30. YANGARRA KING'S WOOD SHIRAZ 2018
    This is the inaugural release of the King's Wood Shiraz and it is exceptional. Aromas of red fruit, boysenberry, plums with notes of graphite & cloves - complex and inviting. A beautifully structured wine with vibrant acid and fine tannins supporting ... Learn More
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  31. MINISTRY OF CLOUDS BLEWITT SPRINGS SHIRAZ 2016
    Conceived, planted and nurtured from 1962 onwards on an elevated southeast facing site, the Patritti family’s famed Blewitt Springs Shiraz vineyard is celebrated in this single site wine. A surprisingly cool fruited, but dense and bright expression of Blewitt Springs ... Learn More
  32. SC PANNELL SMART GRENACHE 2018
    This is the second release from a 64-year-old, dry-grown, bush-vine vineyard, on the edge of the Clarendon township. The site was planted by Bernie Smart and is managed by his son Wayne. It features Saddleworth formation soils that are up ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
  33. SC PANNELL OLD MCDONALD GRENACHE 2018
    The grapes come from a 76-year-old, dry-grown vineyard I have worked with since 2004. It was formerly owned by Duncan McDonald and is now farmed by Matt Hatwell. It features sandy, Eocene-era soils at an altitude of 83m above sea level. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  34. YANGARRA​ 'OVITELLI​'​ ​G​RENACHE​ 2015
    "The name ‘Ovitelli’ is a portmanteau of ‘ovi’ and ‘vitelli’ meaning ‘egg’ and ‘life’ respectively. The Ovitelli Grenache is our most perfumed and elegant Grenache from the sands at Yangarra. The vibrant fruit of the dry-grown 1946 planted bush vines is ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
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  35. KOOMILYA SHIRAZ 2015
    Steve Pannell is one of Australia's most renowned winemakers, regarded by peers & press as being utterly relevant and forward-thinking, at the same time as serving as a wise older statesman. This fact was celebrated recent when he was awarded Gourmet ... Learn More
    KOOMILYA SHIRAZ 2015
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    Jamie Goode
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  36. KOOMILYA CABERNET SHIRAZ 2015
    Steve Pannell is one of Australia's most renowned winemakers, regarded by peers & press as being utterly relevant and forward-thinking, at the same time as serving as a wise older statesman. This fact was celebrated recent when he was awarded Gourmet ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  37. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'THE REVIVALIST' MERLOT 2017
    It smells comforting at first, but as the drinker delves, the bouquet unveils mossy, damp forest earth, and then fresher, leafy greens emerge with their tannins. Medium bodied, strawberry and plum, savoury, grainy graphite tannin, cool acidity, tomato paste flavour ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  38. 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
  39. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'BROOKS ROAD' SHIRAZ 2017
    Grown on a block planted in 1971 and aged for 15 months in French oak. This is the most finely-structured and elegant of our three vintages of Hickinbotham Vineyard Shiraz. Aromas of blackberry, ripe fig, and Arabic coffee, then dried fruit, smoked ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  40. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'ELDER HILL' GRENACHE 2017
    100% Grenache matured in old French oak for 7.5 months. This is particularly sinuous in form, with elegant aromas of white pepper, dried fig, and quince paste. It has savoury flavours of anise and gunmetal; it has darker, perhaps more serious flavours ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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