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. 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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  3. 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
  4. THISTLEDOWN GORGEOUS GRENACHE 2020
    Sourced from a number of old vineyards in the Riverland and McLaren Vale, some of which are dry grown bush vines. All vineyards are vinified in small batches, separately. Wild ferments, whole bunch inclusion, larger oak and no filtration or ... Learn More
  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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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  11. 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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    Toni Paterson MW
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  12. 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
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    Mike Bennie
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  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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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  16. 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
  17. 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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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  18. YANGARRA​ 'OVITELLI​'​ ​G​RENACHE​ 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
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  19. 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
  20. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'ELDER HILL' GRENACHE 2016
    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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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  21. ONLINE TASTING PACK - YANGARRA TASTING WITH WINEMAKER PETER FRASER

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on the 25th of June 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be running a ... Learn More

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    Huon Hooke
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    Mike Bennie
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  22. ONLINE TASTING PACK - SC PANNELL TASTING WITH WINEMAKER STEVE PANNELL

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER, BUT PACK STILL AVAILABLE**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on the 16th of July 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we ... Learn More

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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
  23. YANGARRA '​HIGH​ ​SANDS​'​ ​GRENACHE 2015
    Awarded Best 'Other Variety' in Australia by James Halliday's Wine Companion 2019 - 98 points Aromas of very concentrated, spiced dark fruits appear alongside pretty florals, which become more apparent the longer the wine is open. The palate is rich and plush, ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday
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  24. YANGARRA '​HIGH​ ​SANDS​'​ ​GRENACHE 2016
    Awarded Best Wine in Australia by James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 - 99 points The wine comes from Block 31 of the vineyard, at once the highest in terms of elevation, the lowest in terms of yield, and the deepest in terms of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  25. YANGARRA '​HIGH​ ​SANDS​'​ ​GRENACHE 2014
    100% Grenache from 70 year-old vines. Aromas of very concentrated, spiced dark fruits appear alongside pretty florals, which become more apparent the longer the wine is open. The palate is rich and plush, with its trademark tight line of tannin and acidity. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  26. YANGARRA​ 'OVITELLI​'​ ​G​RENACHE MAGNUM​ 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
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  27. YANGARRA '​HIGH​ ​SANDS​'​ ​GRENACHE 2017
    Awarded 98 points by James Halliday's Wine Companion 2021 The wine comes from Block 31 of the vineyard, at once the highest in terms of elevation, the lowest in terms of yield, and the deepest in terms of sand. It seems counterintuitive, but ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
    Out of stock
  28. ONLINE TASTING PARTY PACK - SC PANNELL TASTING WITH WINEMAKER STEVE PANNELL

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER, BUT PACK STILL AVAILABLE**

    This pack contains 2 bottles of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on the 16th of July 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will ... Learn More

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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
  29. YANGARRA '​HIGH​ ​SANDS​'​ ​GRENACHE MAGNUM 2015
    "The 2015 stamp of full throttle acidity and tannin that has run through our Old Vine and Ovitelli Grenache is very evident in the High Sands. It is youthful and will benefit from some time bottle or time in a decanter. " ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday
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  30. YANGARRA '​HIGH​ ​SANDS​'​ ​GRENACHE 2017 MAGNUM
    Awarded 98 points by James Halliday's Wine Companion 2021 The wine comes from Block 31 of the vineyard, at once the highest in terms of elevation, the lowest in terms of yield, and the deepest in terms of sand. It seems counterintuitive, but ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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