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 2021
    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' 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
  3. D'Arenberg The Stump Jump Shiraz 2017
    The value this wine delivers for the money is incredible. The wine starts out with a deep ruby colour. On the nose, the wine is full of cherry and blackberry fruits, which continue on the palate. What sets this Shiraz ... Learn More
  4. Little Giants Grenache 2021
    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
  5. 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
  6. Tyrrell's Hunter Valley Semillon 2022
    Sourced from a small selection of some of our top Semillon vineyards around the Hunter Valley. Most of the vineyards are dry grown and have an average vine age of 40 years. The grapes were machine harvested at cool temperatures in ... Learn More
  7. Tyrrell's Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2021
    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
  8. De Iuliis Estate Chardonnay 2020
    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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. De Iuliis Late Picked Sem 2021 (500ml)
    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
  12. Coriole Chenin Blanc 2020
    It is a classic, traditional Coriole Chenin with a delicate filigree of autumnal fruits and spring florals. The nose displays red apple and pear, crisp white peach, honeysuckle, jasmine and quince flower and a hint of Leatherwood honey. A pleasant ... Learn More
  13. Mitolo Jester Shiraz 2019
    Located at the southern end of McLaren Vale, the soil here is heavy grey loam mixed with black Biscay clay and sits above ancient Ngaltinga formation bedrock. The fruit is crushed immediately upon arrival at the winery, the skins and ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  14. Coriole Redstone Shiraz 2019
    Coriole is still family owned and operated, with some vines dating back to 1919. Their wines offer great value for money at each price point. The Redstone Shiraz was produced off three vineyards in the McLaren Vale and made to be ... Learn More
  15. Coriole Songbird Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
    A highly aromatic, Middle-Eastern allure - warm toasted spice, dark chocolate and the classic McLaren Vale Cabernet aromas of cassis, plum and blackcurrant. The palate has a lovely fine, long line and crunchy textural tannins. This is a bright, playful ... Learn More
  16. 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
  17. Bimbadgen Hunter Valley Cuvee NV
    A new wine in the Sparkling range. The chance to blend Hunter Semillon with Chardonnay in a sparkling wine is one not to be passed up. Semillon brings lively freshness and drive, with chardonnay creating a textural and drinkability to ... Learn More
  18. 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
  19. De Iuliis Estate Rose 2021
    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
  20. 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
  21. Yangarra 'Noir' 2020
    This top value red is just the latest step on winemaker Peter Fraser's march towards recreating his own McLaren Vale examples of the famous bends of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Here old vine Grenache combines with Mourvèdre, Shiraz, Cinsaut, Carignan, and ... Learn More
    Yangarra 'Noir' 2020
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    Ned Goodwin MW
  22. Yangarra 'Blanc' 2021
    Blanc is the result of years of research and quarantine of the best white varieties we can find amongst the ancient north-west Mediterranean vine types. The fact that these Châteauneuf varieties have been successfully blended for so many years ... Learn More
  23. Mitolo Jester Grenache 2019
    Located at the southern end of McLaren Vale, the soil here is heavy grey loam mixed with black Biscay clay and sits above ancient Ngaltinga formation bedrock. Lush but with an effortless weight. Silky tannins mesh seamlessly with the vibrant ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
  24. Mitolo Jester Malbec 2019
    Located at the southern end of McLaren Vale, the soil here is heavy grey loam mixed with black Biscay clay and sits above ancient Ngaltinga formation bedrock. Matured in older oak barrels for twelve months, the Jester Malbec is fragrant, ... Learn More
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    Angus Hughson
  25. Mitolo Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Located at the southern end of McLaren Vale, the soil here is heavy grey loam mixed with black Biscay clay and sits above ancient Ngaltinga formation bedrock. Very fragrant and clearly defined, classic varietal expression of Cabernet Sauvignon with blackcurrant, ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
  26. 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
  27. Gemtree Bloodstone Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2019
    Selected from parcels of fruit that make fragrant and juicy wines, Bloodstone is a pure and velvety Shiraz evoking ripe red cherries and blackcurrants. Cellar now — 2023-2025 ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Huon Hooke
  28. Coriole Sangiovese 2020
    So well suited to the McLaren Vale region and over 40 years of experimenting with the sites, clones and rootstocks has led to this sangiovese being an Australian benchmark. Harvested from our 12 blocks across our 4 McLaren Vale vineyards it is interesting ... Learn More
  29. Mollydooker Summer of 69 Verdelho 2019
    Summer of ’69 was inspired by owner Sarah Marquis' birth year. She wanted to celebrate this era of peace, love and good times. Mollydooker’s Summer of 69 Verdelho’s bouquet of honeysuckle and lemon fill the nose, hinting at a sherbet ... Learn More
  30. Coriole Sparta Shiraz 2018
    Named after the original owners' Spartan origins, this is the only Coriole site facing due north. A vivid dark ruby, this is a richer expression and yet still relatively light on its feet. Floral and lifted upon entry. A dense ... Learn More
  31. Coriole Sparta Shiraz 2020
    Our Sparta vineyard was planted aoround 25 years ago on a north facing hillside on the western boundary of our property. The style is bright, rich and full bodied. A vivid dark ruby, this is a richer expression and yet still ... Learn More
  32. Gemtree Uncut Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2018
    Uncut is the first wine Gemtree made, a distinctive McLaren Vale Shiraz. It is generous, layered, bright and textural. Cellar now — 2024-2029. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    James Suckling
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    Huon Hooke
  33. Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz 2020
    WHO IS THE BOXER? 'Mollydooker' is old Aussie slang for a left handed boxer and our Boxer always punches well above its Fruit Weight™. Did you notice he has two left-handed gloves? TASTING NOTES: This alluring and unashamedly bold Shiraz ... Learn More
  34. Aphelion Welkin Project 5255 Malbec 2020
    Beautifully intense purple colour with aromatics that leap from the glass. Pure fruited aromas of blood plum and redcurrant combine with alpine herbs, wild mint, anise, clove, crushed seashell, and biscuit dough. Freshness abounds on the palate with fine but ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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    Ned Goodwin MW
  35. 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
  36. SC Pannell ‘Nero Diavola’ 2020
    Officially known as Calabrese in Italy with Nero d’Avola a modern evolution of Sicily’s most famous vinous export. Aromas of black cherry, dried-herbs, incense and terra-cotta tile lead on to a palate of dark chocolate, plum, beetroot and ... Learn More
  37. 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
  38. SC Pannell Tempranillo Touriga 2018
    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
  39. Sc Pannell 'Dead End' Tempranillo 2018
    “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
  40. Ministry Of Clouds Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2021
    We hand picked each parcel to preserve freshness & vibrancy, keeping 10% as whole bunches, & gently destemming the balance to preserve whole berries, we allowed it to cold soak for 3 days to capture aromatics. Fermentation commenced naturally, it was hand plunged & tasted ... Learn More
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