McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills

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.
Famous for their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir, the viticulture of this region was re-established in 1979 but grapes were planted locally as early as 1839. During the last three decades, Adelaide Hills has emerged as one of Australia’s most exciting cool climate wine region, being known to produce elegant, distinct, sophisticated wines. Located in the Mount Lofty Ranges and only a 30-minute drive from Adelaide, this region is home not only to over 90 wine labels and 48 cellar doors, but also to multiple forests, beef and dairy farms, apple and pear orchards.

Known to be one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia, the Adelaide Hills are made up of two registered sub-regions: Lenswood and Piccadilly Valley. These narrow band of hills stretch across to be approximately 70 km long and 30 km wide and border Barossa and Eden Valleys to the North and McLaren Vale to the South.

The climate of this region is considerably cooler compared to other wine regions in the summer, due to the altitudes of the vineyards being 400-700 meters high. The cooler drier climate produces grapes with ideal fruit composition, creating the perfect balance of flavour and acidity.
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  1. Mike Press 'Single Vineyard' Chardonnay 2021
    A lovely fresh, fruit-forward unoaked Chardonnay. The nose shows aromas of grapefruit, melons, apples and nectarines, with some grassy notes. Refreshing and crisp with nice complexity and minerality. The grapes are harvested early morning when the temperature is cool. Then ... Learn More
  2. 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
  3. Zilzie 'Adelaide Hills' Pinot Noir 2021
    The fruit was selected from premium Adelaide Hills vineyards, cool fermented on skins then gently pressed into stainless steel to optimise colour and flavour. ... Learn More
  4. Zilzie 'Adelaide Hills' Pinot Noir 2020
    The fruit was selected from premium Adelaide Hills vineyards, cool fermented on skins then gently pressed into stainless steel to optimise colour and flavour. ... Learn More
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Syp Double Love Trouble Chardonnay Chapter 4 2019
    This small-batch first release was drawn from the same vineyard as Adelina's Refusal to Lie. It's a wine "for consumption or bathing in," notes Col. It's loaded up with that classic Australian Chardonnay nuts-and-peach, and more than a touch of ... Learn More
  13. 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
  14. Hahndorf Hill Winery 'White Mischief' Gruner Veltliner 2021
    Made in a New World fruit-driven style emphasising a broad range of varietal primary fruits. Hand-picked, chilled for 24 hours in small slotted bins, pressed, free-run fermented separately from the pressings then blended back to provide textural play, left on gross ... Learn More
  15. Hahndorf Hill Winery 'White Mischief' Gruner Veltliner 2019
    Made in a New World fruit-driven style emphasising a broad range of varietal primary fruits. Hand-picked, chilled for 24 hours in small slotted bins, pressed, free-run fermented separately from the pressings then blended back to provide textural play, left on gross ... Learn More
  16. Gemtree Luna de Fresa Tempranillo Rose 2021
    Certified organic and biodynamic Low preservative Vegan friendly Luna de Fresa is everything we love about Rosé; dry, fresh and mouth-watering! ... Learn More
  17. The Lane Block 2 Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2021
    Clean, crisp and fresh. A classic cool-climate Pinot Gris displaying lifted guava, honeysuckle and crunchy Nashi pear with a waxy texture and lively citrus finish. From one of the oldest Pinot Gris vineyards in the Adelaide Hills at 450m elevation. ... 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. Gemtree Luna de Fresa Tempranillo Rose 2020
    Certified organic and biodynamic Low preservative Vegan friendly Luna de Fresa is everything we love about Rosé; dry, fresh and mouth-watering! ... Learn More
  20. The Lane Block 2 Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2020
    Clean, crisp and fresh. A classic cool-climate Pinot Gris displaying lifted guava, honeysuckle and crunchy Nashi pear with a waxy texture and lively citrus finish. From one of the oldest Pinot Gris vineyards in the Adelaide Hills at 450m elevation. ... Learn More
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. Adelina Eternal Return Arneis 2020
    This is Arneis with attitude! Adelina's Eternal Return is a textural and savoury rendition of this otherwise fairly neutral grape variety, making it a wonderfully versatile wine at the dinner table. White almond, jasmine florals, green pear and lemony citrus ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. Unico Zelo harvest pinot noir 2018
    Up and Comiong producer. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. Casa Freschi Ragazzi Pinot Grigio 2020
    26% barrel fermentation (7% mlf) and 8 months on lees has invested the wine with the complexity one might expect from a gris, but not grigio. Regardless, the result is a high quality wine with a smoky, tangy set of flavours finishing with ... Learn More
  34. 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
  35. Sc Pannell Arido Rose 2021
    79% Mourvedre, 12% Grenache Noir and 9% Touriga Nacional. “This vintage saw the opportunity to make an even more versatile style with a greater level of complexity from the inclusion of Mourvedre and Touriga Nacional. A more serious and thought-provoking release.” - Stephen ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  36. 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
  37. Sc Pannell Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Expresses the regional and varietal characters of Sauvignon Blanc. Fragrant, complex and aromatic, the nose shows aromas of guava, passionfruit, pink grapefruit and white currant. This is more textural than most Sauvignon Blancs. The palate is balanced, crisp with lightness ... Learn More
  38. 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
  39. Chaffey Bros. Wine Co Tripelpunkt Riesling 2019
    Pale yellow colour, with a lifted fragrance of fresh flowers and whispers of citrus blossoms. It's very young and bright, will live long and reward cellaring, and it is delicious now. The balance is superb. - Huon Hooke Refreshing and ... Learn More
  40. 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
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