Grenache, McLaren Vale

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. Little Giants Grenache 2020
    The southern hairy-nose wombat is small than other wombat but is stocky, robust and the proud state emblem of South Australia. Like the might of the little wombat, Little Giant iis crafted from premium regional fruit from established vineyards that ... Learn More
  2. Marquis Philips Gg Grenache 2008
    The 2008 Grenache was sourced from 30-60 year old, low yielding vines. It was aged for 12 months in predominantly seasoned French and American oak. Marquis Philips is a collaboration between American Dan Philips and Australian winemakers to make the most delicious, ... Learn More
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  3. Maximus 'Emperor Series' Centenarian Grenache 2013
    The Emperor Series is a range of old single vineyard wines that showcase structure, concentration and power. ... Learn More
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  4. Maximus 'Emperor Series' Centenarian Grenache 2012
    The Emperor Series is a range of old single vineyard wines that showcase structure, concentration and power. ... Learn More
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  5. Rockbare McLaren Vale Grenache 2018
    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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  6. Rockbare McLaren Vale 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
  7. 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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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Sam Kim
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    Ray Jordan
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    Toni Paterson MW
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  8. 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
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  9. Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache Rose 2021
    Grenache is Australia’s signature grape variety and we’re slightly obsessed with it. Our second ever Rosé is sourced from an old, single vineyard in Berri. Beautifully pale, salmon pink with delicate aromatics and lovely texture, it lives up ... Learn More
  10. Yangarra Rose 2021
    The Rose is made from grapes grown on certified biodynamic single-estate vineyard, grown without herbicides, fungicides or synthetic chemicals. ... Learn More
    Yangarra Rose 2021
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  11. Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache Rose 2020
    Grenache is Australia’s signature grape variety and we’re slightly obsessed with it. Our second ever Rosé is sourced from an old, single vineyard in Berri. Beautifully pale, salmon pink with delicate aromatics and lovely texture, it lives up ... Learn More
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  12. Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache 2020
    A delightful wine for current drinking. It’s light to medium bodied with the fruit sourced from throughout South Australia. Aromas of rustic strawberry with a little rose petal and spiciness. The palate is soft and supple but with good ... Learn More
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    Ray Jordan
  13. Yangarra Rose 2020
    The Rose is made from grapes grown on certified biodynamic single-estate vineyard, grown without herbicides, fungicides or synthetic chemicals. Crafted in the "Saignée" or "Bleeding" method, this wine exudes lush red fruits like cherries, raspberry and strawberry. Palate: Ripe ... Learn More
    Yangarra Rose 2020
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  14. Aphelion Welkin Grenache 2020
    The Welkin Grenache By Aphelion 2020 is part of a brand new special range of vibrant, early release, ready to enjoy, but delightfully complex wines. It fairly leaps out of the glass at you! Beautifully intense purple colour with aromatics that ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
  15. SC Pannell 'Basso' Garnacha 2019
    “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
  16. 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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  17. 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
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  18. Year Wines Grenache 2018
    The Year Wines narrative reads like a classic old tale of boy meets girl, girl meets boy. They met when Caleigh came to experience an Australian vintage after working in the wine industry in her native Canada. Through a mixture ... Learn More
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  19. Yangarra Old Vine Grenache 2020
    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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    Campbell Mattinson
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  20. Yangarra Old Vine Grenache 2019
    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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    Campbell Mattinson
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  21. Aphelion Confluence Grenache 2020
    This complex, aromatic, food friendly, but fantastically drinkable wine evolves in your glass. Good structure and length. Carries a signature savoury finish. Vibrant red with purple hues in the glass. Raspberry, cinnamon spice, and red liquorice aromatics jump from the ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  22. Aphelion The Affinity GMS 2019
    Burgers are so hip at the moment and this GMS blend is a perfect partner. Whole bunch and whole berry. Unfined and unfiltered, captivating aromas from the get-go. Pretty raspberries, juicy red cherries and dried red currants leap for your ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Ned Goodwin MW
  23. SC Pannell ‘The Vale’ Shiraz Grenache 2017
    Stephen’s interest in Grenache stretches back to the mid 90’s upon first arriving in McLaren Vale. A preference for making medium bodied wine lead him to Grenache and the love affair began. The perfumed musk and red fruits of ... Learn More
  24. 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
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  25. Bondar Rayner Vineyard Grenache 2019
    Perfume of dried herb and juicy red fruits to close. Well here’s another fine Grenache we’ve gotten ourselves into. - Gary Walsh The palate has elegant, long and smooth appeal with fresh red berries and impressively detailed tannins ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Nick Stock
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  26. Yangarra 'Ovitelli' Grenache 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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    Toni Paterson MW
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  27. Yangarra 'Ovitelli' Grenache 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
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    Mike Bennie
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  28. 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
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  29. 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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    Huon Hooke
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  30. Yangarra 'Ovitelli' Grenache 2019
    The name ‘Ovitelli’ is a portmanteau of ‘ovi’ and ‘vitelli’ meaning ‘egg’ and ‘life’ respectively. Planted in 1946. Exclusively fermented and matured in ceramic eggs for 158 days. Lifted noted of florals, cherries & herbs. Excellent acid & tannin structure. Elegant fruit, with a ... Learn More
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  31. Sc Pannell Smart Grenache 2019
    100% Grenache from the Smart Vineyard in Clarendon, farmed by Bernie and Wayne Smart. It's a southeast-facing slope at 230m above sea level. Soils are up to 750 million years old, Saddleworth Formation - laminated dark grey and green siltstone. These dry-grown ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Ned Goodwin MW
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Suckling
  32. Sc Pannell Smart Grenache 2019
    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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  33. Sc Pannell Old Mcdonald Grenache 2019
    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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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday
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    James Suckling
  34. Yangarra 'Ovitelli' Grenache 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. Thistledown Sands Of Time Single Vineyard Grenache 2019
    One of the most highly regarded Australian Grenache available today- 95+pts Gary Walsh, TWF; 95pts Huon Hooke; 95pts James Suckling, 95pts Nick Stock. Sourced from one 75 year old vineyard, the bush trained vines on pure sand yield up a wine ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson MW
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  36. Yangarra 'Ovitelli' Grenache 2016
    Made by Peter Fraser - 2016 Winemaker of the Year (James Halliday Wine Companion) with great emphasis on perfume, tension and precision. Lifted noted of florals, cherries & herbs. Excellent acid & tannin structure. Elegant fruit, with a long finish of lingering freshness ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  37. Thistledown Sands Of Time Single Vineyard Grenache 2018
    One of the most awarded Grenaches available today- Winner, Top Gold, 97 Points James Halliday Grenache Challenge 2019; Gold McLaren Vale Wine Show 2019; 95pts The Wine Front; 94pts Huon Hooke; 94 James Suckling; 93 Robert Parker Sourced from one 75 year old vineyard, the bush ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
  38. Toby Bekkers McLaren Vale Grenache 2018
    Not far from the McLaren Vale township lies a vineyard of old, dry-grown Grenache that we’ve long admired. We source a tiny parcel of terrific fruit from these old warriors. To this backbone we add three small parcels from ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Suckling
  39. Aphelion Rapture Grenache 2020
    Rapture 2020 Grenache represents the pinnacle of Aphelion's Grenache-focussed winemaking. Vibrant purple with ruby hues. Subtle aromatics of strawberry and rhubarb compote, twiggy spice, wet earth, and just ripe cranberry. Tannin is a highlight - exceptionally fine and powdery which provides ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  40. Online Tasting Pack - Grenache of Australia Tasting Thursday 9th December 6:30pm aest

    Grenache or Garnacha, a versatile Spanish grape that has been doing very well in Australia both in the popular GSM blends and on its own. As we really harnessed this grape and its potential, we are going to look ... Learn More

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