Hunter Valley, McLaren Vale

Internationally, Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s two most well known wine regions, alongside Barossa Valley in South Australia. Located about a two hour drive north of Sydney, the region is very popular for weekend escapes from the city of Sydney.

Hunter Valley’s climate includes regular droughts or floods, seemingly less than desirable conditions to grow grapes, with the hot, humid summers and cool winters. Nevertheless, the region has been under cultivation since the 1800’s and is responsible for putting Australian wine, in particular Sémillon and to a lesser extent Shiraz, on the world wine map. Winemaking pioneers such as Bruce Tyrrell (Tyrrell's Wines) and Len Evans helped the region gain worldwide recognition.

The famous Hunter valley Sémillon was for many years known as ‘Hunter Valley Riesling’ and is never matured in oak. It is however one of the most ageworthy whites in the country with bottles showing an inordinate ability to age gracefully. Bottle-aged Sémillons will often exhibit burnt toast and honey characteristics, slight nutty notes and supremely complex flavours on the palate. This palate complexity is coupled with soft acidity and the finish can be very long indeed.
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. Tyrrell'S 'Old Winery' Chardonnay 2020
    Tyrrell's Old Winery range is named after its historic winery in the Hunter Valley, built in 1863 for the first vintage in 1864. Medium bodied with a generously flavoured palate leaning toward a white peach/citrus flavour spectrum and a clean, crisp ... Learn More
  2. Tyrrell'S 'Old Winery' Chardonnay 2019
    Tyrrell's Old Winery range is named after its historic winery in the Hunter Valley, built in 1863 for the first vintage in 1864. Medium bodied with a generously flavoured palate leaning toward a white peach/citrus flavour spectrum and a clean, crisp ... Learn More
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  3. Tyrrell'S 'Old Winery' Verdelho 2021
    Serve slightly chilled. This wine is very compatible with most styles of foods. Fresh and lively pineapple, with an intense sweet tropical nose with lifted spice aromas. Rich tropical fruit and honey flavours fill the palate and are complemented by ... Learn More
  4. Tyrrell'S 'Old Winery' Verdelho 2020
    Serve slightly chilled. This wine is very compatible with most styles of foods. Fresh and lively pineapple, with an intense sweet tropical nose with lifted spice aromas. Rich tropical fruit and honey flavours fill the palate and are complemented by ... Learn More
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  5. United Cellars Chardonnay By Bruce Tyrrell 2020
    The United Cellars 'Varietal' Range brings you the most popular varieties, made by some of the best and most-respected winemakers for an unbeatable price. Designed for immediate enjoyment, the Varietal Range promises to provide a quality wine to suit every ... Learn More
  6. United Cellars Chardonnay By Bruce Tyrrell 2019
    The United Cellars 'Varietal' Range brings you the most popular varieties, made by some of the best and most-respected winemakers for an unbeatable price. Designed for immediate enjoyment, the Varietal Range promises to provide a quality wine to suit every ... Learn More
  7. 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
  8. California Dreamin' Chardonnay 2017
    Inspired by the land of freedom and the state that inspired the “Summer of Love“ California Dreamin’ is all about flavour! Expressive and opulent wines full of mouth-filling flavour, maximum complexity and rewarding drinkability. Sourced from two established vineyards on ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
  9. De Iuliis Estate Semillon 2020
    The Hunter Valley is renowned for producing some of the best Semillon in the world. This wine displays fresh, lifted citrus characters, a light palate, and crisp, zesty acids. It’s the perfect match for seafood or any delicately flavoured ... Learn More
  10. Tyrrell's Hunter Valley Semillon 2021
    The nose is clean with a hint of lemon richness. The palate continues with fresh citrus and concentrated grapefruit flavours. The finish is pleasing with a balance of fruit and soft acid. Excellent drinking upon release and will develop in ... Learn More
  11. Mandala Yarra Valley Rosé 2019
    Rose is internationally loved as the ultimate summer tipple. The famous colour comes from juicing red grapes and soaking with the skins for a very short period to develop a nice pinky hue! Mandala likes to give an extra bit ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  16. De Iuliis Estate Chardonnay 2019
    Mouth filling and elegant, this hand crafted wine is a great example of a modern Hunter Chardonnay. The rich fruit palate with peach, melon and almond flavours is balanced by the creamy texture from French Oak treatment A rich fruit ... Learn More
  17. De Iuliis Estate Verdhelho 2020
    Superb vintage growing conditions in 2019 led to the production of this outstanding Verdelho. Full of rich, tropical characters of pineappple and passionfruit, this wine makes on excellent accompaniment to Asian style dishes, as well as seafood or pasta. ... Learn More
  18. Di Fabio Bush Vine Shiraz 2003
    Di Fabio's McLaren Vale Shiraz vines are over 60 years old and have been carefully hand pruned and picked to create exceptional Bush Vine Shiraz. These grapes were once sold to some of Australia's best wineries but now are exclusive. ... Learn More
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  19. Tyrrell'S Special Release Verdelho 2020
    Tyrrell's Special Release is reserved for unique parcels of fruit that in a particular vintage have those qualities and point of difference to warrant being bottled and released on their own. Verdelho is one of the Hunter Valley's key white ... Learn More
  20. Tyrrell's Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2019
    The ‘baby brother’ to the famous Vat 47 Chardonnay. Excellent drinking on release and will develop in complexity with short term bottle age. A citrus nose with a slight hint of oak. A weighted palate that is generous and has the ... Learn More
  21. Tyrrell'S Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2018
    The ‘baby brother’ to the famous Vat 47 Chardonnay. Excellent drinking on release and will develop in complexity with short term bottle age. A citrus nose with a slight hint of oak. A weighted palate that is generous and has the ... Learn More
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  22. Mr Riggs Sticky End 2018 (375ml)
    An Italian-passito-style botrytis wine, it was crafted using hand-picked Viognier grapes that were late harvested and allowed to dry out for 3 weeks. It was fermented in French oak barrels (20% new) for six months, resulting in a beautiful bright golden colour. ... Learn More
  23. De Iuliis Late Picked Sem 500ml 2019
    The De Iuliis Semillon white wines are known for being amongst the best Semillons on offer in the Hunter Valley. This irresistible luscious dessert wine has concentrated flavours of honey / marmalade, dried apricots and peaches. Its silky mouth feel, light ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  24. Andrew Thomas 'Two Of A Kind' Ssb 2019
    Our ‘Two of a Kind’ wines are a tribute to the multi regional blends that created some of Australia’s best wines in the 50’s and 60’s. The wines are based on the Hunter Valley’s signature varieties of Semillon ... Learn More
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  25. United Cellars Selection 'Shiraz By Yangarra Estate' 2019
    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
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  26. 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
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  27. 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
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  28. De Iuliis Estate Rose 2020
    If there's anything Mike De Iuliis loves more than a cold beer after a long day during harvest, it's a cool glass of dry, refreshing Rosé. This vintage of De Iuliis Rosé is made from Sangiovese and Merlot fruit - ... Learn More
  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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
  32. Bondar Grenache Rosé 2020
    Take this fantastic Rosé from McLaren Vale outfit, Bondar. The fruit is picked from three sites, including from their famous home block, the Rayner vineyard. Two of the batches were fermented in ceramic egg, the third in barrel with some ... Learn More
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  33. Bondar ‘Junto’ Gsm 2019
    This wine brings together traditional friends Grenache (50%), Shiraz (45%) and Mataro (5%). Picked by hand, the fruit was gently handled in the winery and aged in old French oak. The Grenache comes from our 50-year old vines, the Shiraz from our 65+ year ... Learn More
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  34. 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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  35. Serafino Mclaren Vale GSM 2019
    Serafino black label wines are selected from our estate grown individual vineyard blocks in McLaren Vale. McLaren Vale has a diverse mix of soil types and vineyard orientation that enhance the complexity of Serafino Wines. Distinctive varietal and regional characters ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  36. 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
  37. Chapel Hill Winemakers Select Shiraz 2012
    Chapel Hill Winemaker’s Selection Shiraz gives exciting aromas of blueberries and plums. ... Learn More
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  38. Andrew Thomas Six Degrees Semillon 2020
    Hunter Valley semillon is one of the world's most uniquely regional wine styles. This is a very new and exciting style for Hunter Semillon, being made as an ‘off dry’ style. First produced in 2008, the inspiration being my love of ... Learn More
  39. 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
  40. Andrew Thomas Six Degrees Semillon 2019
    Hunter Valley semillon is one of the world's most uniquely regional wine styles. This is a very new and exciting style for Hunter Semillon, being made as an ‘off dry’ style. First produced in 2008, the inspiration being my love of ... Learn More
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