McLaren Vale, Clare Valley

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.
Located 120km north of Adelaide, Clare Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia. The region is set on softly undulating hills covering a length of some 35km and ranges from 5 to 10km in width. In fact, Clare Valley is also one of mainland Australia's coolest wine growing regions.

The five subregions of Clare Valley are - Sevenhill, Clare, Watervale, Polish Hill and Auburn, each influenced by the interweaving creeks and valleys and each with its unique soil types, climate and altitude. Throughout the region, the moderately continental climate, with its cool to cold nights and warm to hot summer days are ideal for producing its most important white, Riesling.

Whilst Riesling is no doubt the king white grape for the region, very elegant Shiraz with soft palates and Cabernet Sauvignons are produced there too. Lesser amounts of Sémillon are grown, though Grenache and blends like Shiraz/Cabernet or Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec can also be deliciously smooth and textural.

Grosset produces arguably Australia's finest Rieslings from his Clare Valley Winery. Atlas and Leo Buring too create nice Rieslings.
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  1. 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
  2. Road To Enlightenment Riesling 2021
    Road to Enlightenment Riesling is regional and varietally expressive - full of character and exceptionally drinkable. Sourced from a combination of older and younger vines in the heart of the Clare Valley, just off the Horrocks Highway to the north ... Learn More
  3. Road To Enlightenment Riesling 2020
    Road to Enlightenment Riesling is regional and varietally expressive - full of character and exceptionally drinkable. Sourced from a combination of older and younger vines in the heart of the Clare Valley, just off the Horrocks Highway to the north ... Learn More
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  4. Road To Enlightenment Riesling 2019
    Road to Enlightenment Riesling is regional and varietally expressive - full of character and exceptionally drinkable. Sourced from a combination of older and younger vines in the heart of the Clare Valley, just off the Horrocks Highway to the north ... Learn More
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  5. Jaeschkes Hill River Clare Riesling 2019
    Jaeschke’s Hill River Clare Estate is a family owned single vineyard located in the Polish Hill River Valley, 6kms South-East of Clare. This Riesling shows fragrant floral & tropical fruit aromas on the nose, followed by a typical Polish Hill ... Learn More
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  6. Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2021
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! The Watervale Riesling is picked from a special part of the Florita vineyard in Watervale. This famous Riesling vineyard usually achieves full ripeness, with high natural acid levels. The nose displays ... Learn More
  7. Jim Barry Watervale Riesling 2020
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! The Watervale Riesling is picked from a special part of the Florita vineyard in Watervale. This famous Riesling vineyard usually achieves full ripeness, with high natural acid levels. The nose displays ... Learn More
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  8. 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
  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  13. Atlas Watervale Riesling 2019
    The fruit is sourced from 2 distinguished vineyard sites in the Clare Valley. The main part is sourced from a premium vineyard owned by the famous Koerner family which also sells fruit to wineries such as Vickery, Adelina and Leo Buring. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  14. 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
  15. Jim Barry 'Lodge Hill' Shiraz 2019
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! A wonderful Shiraz made exclusively. Sourced from their home block of Shiraz, called the Lodge Hill, one of the centrepieces of the Clare Valley. Blueberry and pepper on the nose with ... Learn More
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  16. Mitolo Jester Vermentino 2020
    Jester Vermentino is reminiscent of its Italian counterparts with fresh full flavours. A perfumed nose with aromas of elderflower, lychee, gooseberry, honeydew and cut grass. Lively with flavours of lemon, green apple and lychee, and a chalky acidity that is ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  17. 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
  18. Jim Barry 'Lodge Hill' Shiraz 2018
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! A wonderful Shiraz made exclusively. Sourced from their home block of Shiraz, called the Lodge Hill, one of the centrepieces of the Clare Valley. Blueberry and pepper on the nose with ... Learn More
  19. Jim Barry 'Lodge Hill' Shiraz 2017
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! A wonderful Shiraz made exclusively. Sourced from their home block of Shiraz, called the Lodge Hill, one of the centrepieces of the Clare Valley. Blueberry and pepper on the nose with ... Learn More
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  20. Mitolo Jester Shiraz 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. The fruit is crushed immediately upon arrival at the winery, the skins and ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  21. Atlas Watervale Riesling 2021
    The fruit is sourced from 2 distinguished vineyard sites in the Clare Valley. The main part is sourced from a premium vineyard owned by the famous Koerner family which also sells fruit to wineries such as Vickery, Adelina and Leo Buring. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  22. 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
  23. Coriole Songbird Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    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
  24. Syp The Squids Fist Sangiovese Shiraz 2018
    The 2018 Squiddy was sourced from Lyn and Robert Jaeschke's Hill River Estate, planted in 2000 on the grey-brown loam and sandy limestone of the Polish Hill River Valley, southeast of Clare. Lifted, with rose petals, raspberries, and some dried herbs, this ... Learn More
  25. Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache Rosé 2020
    Glossy salmon pink, with all the nice things grenache does in rosé land. - Wine Companion Thistledown is the vision of Master of Wine, Giles Cooke. Working with Grenache growers in unique sites across Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Riverland, ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  26. 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
  27. United Cellars Selection Clare Valley Shiraz By Tom Barry 2017
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! A wonderful Shiraz made exclusively for United Cellars by 3rd generation winemaker, Tom Barry. Sourced from their home block of Shiraz, called the Lodge Hill, one of the centrepieces of the ... Learn More
  28. Atlas Watervale Riesling 2020
    The fruit is sourced from 2 distinguished vineyard sites in the Clare Valley. The main part is sourced from a premium vineyard owned by the famous Koerner family which also sells fruit to wineries such as Vickery, Adelina and Leo Buring. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  29. United Cellars Selection 'Rose By Tom Barry' 2019
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! Made in partnership with the Jim Barry family wine company - one of Australia's best producers - from a Single Vineyard next to their home estate in the Clare Valley. Beautiful ... Learn More
  30. United Cellars Selection 'Riesling By Tom Barry' 2019
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! Sourced from both the prestigious Watervale sub region and the Barry’s own 40 yr old Lodge Hill vineyard in the Clare Valley. The palate shows lime citrus peel and ginger. There ... Learn More
  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. Rieslingfreak No 3 Clare Valley Riesling 2021
    Made from the family vineyard, White Hutt, Clare Valley. The heavy red clay soils contribute to the fruit intensity of this wine. No.3 is a fruit driven style of Riesling. Classic flavours of this vineyard include ripe lemon and limes ... Learn More
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  34. Rieslingfreak No 5 Off-Dry Clare Valley Riesling 2021
    Rieslingfreak No.5, like No.3 is made from the family vineyard, but with the grapes harvested from a vineyard with lighter soils therefore providing a lighter style of wine. The grapes are harvested earlier in the season, to provide a wine ... Learn More
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  35. Rieslingfreak No 3 Clare Valley Riesling 2020
    Made from the family vineyard, White Hutt, Clare Valley. The heavy red clay soils contribute to the fruit intensity of this wine. No.3 is a fruit driven style of Riesling. Classic flavours of this vineyard include ripe lemon and limes ... Learn More
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  36. Robert Stein Dry Riesling 2021
    The 2021 has many of the same characteristics as the 2019 vintage, and shows that Riesling can perform very well in cooler years. A classical dry Riesling, with all the lime and fruit characters you would expect, and a crisp and racy ... Learn More
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    Nick Butler
  37. Rockbare McLaren Vale Grenache 2018
    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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  38. 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
  39. Rockbare Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    RockBare Cabernet is a great example of how well this region handles this fickle variety. Dense, smoky with sweet spice and dense dark chocolate on the palate. Drink this round, rich winter red with mature hard cheese. Made by Peter ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  40. Syp Passion By Punks Shiraz Cab 2020
    A deeply coloured wine and the nose is immediately seductive--with ripe dark cherry and blackcurrant fruit. The fruit-driven theme is continued on the juicy and medium-bodied (and frankly delicious) palate. This is ready to go with anything from sausages to ... Learn More
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