McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Medium Bodied

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. 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
  2. RIPOSTE 'THE DAGGER' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Fruit is sourced from two great vineyard sites at Charleston and Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills. Displays all of the hallmark aromas, flavours and texture of Pinot Noir. Striking floral edges with cuts of bright red berries combine on the ... Learn More
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  3. SC PANNELL ARIDO ROSE 2018
    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
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  4. 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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  5. UNITED CELLARS RESERVE SELECTION 'NEBBIOLO BY PRIMO ESTATE' 2017
    It makes perfect sense that Primo make a superb Nebbiolo, as Joe Grilli has spent many vintages making wine in Italy, the home of the variety. Lovely lifted aromas of vibrant rosewater, raspberries and sweet cherry. Beautifully balanced noted of ... Learn More
  6. SC PANNELL GRENACHE SHIRAZ TOURIGA 2017
    62% Grenache, 29% Shiraz, 9% Touriga Nacional. Hand-harvested, crushed, and traditionally vinified in small open top fermenters. Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tank, then transferred to large-format French vats for 8 months. “Youthful and vibrant with immediate freshness. Fruit driven and loaded with dark ... Learn More
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  7. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'VINO TINTO BY SC PANNELL' 2016
    Made exclusively for United Cellars by the supremely talented Stephen Pannell. 55% Shiraz, 23% Tinta Cao, 22% Touriga Nacional This is a restrained and savoury red wine, driven by its juicy rich blue and purple fruit but framed assertively by the strong, spicy ... Learn More
  8. ASHTON HILLS PINOT NOIR 'PICCADILLY VALLEY' 2017
    The Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from the Ashton Hills vineyard, Grigg’s Cemetery Block and the Blefari Bickles Rd Vineyard Lovely nose displaying cherries & herbs. Hints of spice and violets add to the intriguing complexity. ... Learn More
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  9. ASHTON HILLS PINOT NOIR 'PICCADILLY VALLEY' 2018
    A highly anticipated, limited release chardonnay with only 200 dozen produced. The bouquet expresses yellow peach and lemon curd along with white flowers and Crème Brulee. Fresh ripe peaches and nectarines embrace the palate, as well as lemon peel, grilled ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  10. ASHTON HILLS ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2018
    Ashton Hills is a three hectare, dry-grown vineyard that lies in the Piccadilly Valley sub region of the Adelaide Hills on a ridge just below the summit of Mount Lofty. The estate was founded by Stephen George in 1982 and since ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  11. ​YANGARRA​ 'ROUX ​BEAUTE​' ROUSSANNE 2017
    100% Roussanne. Lifted aromas of florals and stone fruit - full of interest. "It tastes of stonefruit, oyster shells, nashi pear and gunsmoke. There’s honeysuckle here too, but it’s whispered at most." - Campbell Mattinson "Roux Beauté began as ... Learn More
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    Toni Paterson MW
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    Campbell Mattinson
  12. ​YANGARRA​ 'ROUX ​BEAUTE​' ROUSSANNE 2016
    100% Roussanne. Wild yeast, fermented and aged in ceramic eggs, with 60% of the blend fermented on skins for 137 days before pressing. Certified organic/biodynamic. A gorgeous expression of this often under-appreciated varietal. A complex perfume of florals, spice and pears. A ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  13. ASHTON HILLS RESERVE PINOT NOIR 2018
    Ashton Hills is a three hectare, dry-grown vineyard that lies in the Piccadilly Valley sub region of the Adelaide Hills on a ridge just below the summit of Mount Lofty. The estate was founded by Stephen George in 1982 and since ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  14. ​YANGARRA​ 'ROUX ​BEAUTE​' ROUSSANNE MAGNUM 2016
    100% Roussanne. Wild yeast, fermented and aged in ceramic eggs, with 60% of the blend fermented on skins for 137 days before pressing. Certified organic/biodynamic. A gorgeous expression of this often under-appreciated varietal. A complex perfume of florals, spice and pears. A ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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