McLaren Vale, Eden 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.
Eden Valley is a cool climate wine region between 400 and 600m up the Barossa range, to the east of the warmer Barossa Valley. It is of a similar size to the Barossa Valley, but given the altitude and cooler climate, Eden Valley is renowned for producing high-quality Riesling and Shiraz. Due to its cool climate, small portions of cooler Eden Valley fruit are often blended with 'sister' wines from the Barossa Valley.

The cooler climate provides optimum conditions for the long, slow ripening of the grapes, which generally retain acidity and developing complex flavours on the vine. The townships sub-regions include Keyneton in the east, Truro in the north and Mt Pleasant in the south and High Eden, located even higher up the Barossa Ranges, with even cooler temperatures.

The soils of the region is generally nutrient-poor yellow podzolic/sandy & pink quartz soils over decomposed (gneiss) granite. With its rocky outcrop, which extends to the soild, most irrigation is provided by dams, and most vineyards plant their vines close together. When compared to Clare Valley, Eden Valley is slightly higher in altitude and a little cooler, though has similar sunshine hours, but lower levels of continentality.
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  1. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Chardonnay 2020
    Grapefruit and lemon zest on the nose with green apple notes. The palate shows citrus and hints of tropical fruit. Subtle oak adds complexity and creamy notes to the palate. A wine of good flavour and balance, and excellent value! ... 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. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Riesling 2020
    The 2019 vintage was named in James Hallidays Top 100 wines October 2019. This wine is offering great vibrancy and freshness now, but will also develop beautifully with age. Bright ripe lemon fruit characters dominate the palate and crisp minerally acid forms the ... Learn More
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  4. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Riesling 2019
    The 2019 vintage was named in James Hallidays Top 100 wines October 2019. This wine is offering great vibrancy and freshness now, but will also develop beautifully with age. Bright ripe lemon fruit characters dominate the palate and crisp minerally acid forms the ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  5. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Pinot Gris 2019
    Grigio style - light and fresh, easy drinking. The nose shows bright, lifted aromas of nashi pears and spice. The palate is dominated by pear aromas and flavours with a clean citrus acid backbone. Underlying spicy character adds to the ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  6. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Pinot Gris 2018
    Grigio style - light and fresh, easy drinking. The nose shows bright, lifted aromas of nashi pears and spice. The palate is dominated by pear aromas and flavours with a clean citrus acid backbone. Underlying spicy character adds to the ... Learn More
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  7. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Pinot Gris 2020
    Grigio style - light and fresh, easy drinking. The nose shows bright, lifted aromas of nashi pears and spice. The palate is dominated by pear aromas and flavours with a clean citrus acid backbone. Underlying spicy character adds to the ... Learn More
  8. Woods Crampton White Label Riesling 2020
    Sourced from three higher altitude and well established Eden Valley vineyards just below 600 metres. The nose is very fresh and restrained, tending towards citrus with subtle floral notes. The palate is elegant and pure with a core of delicate citrus ... Learn More
  9. 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
  10. Woods Crampton White Label Riesling 2019
    Sourced from three higher altitude and well established Eden Valley vineyards just below 600 metres. The nose is very fresh and restrained, tending towards citrus with subtle floral notes. The palate is elegant and pure with a core of delicate citrus ... Learn More
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  11. Woods Crampton White Label Riesling 2018
    Sourced from three higher altitude and well established Eden Valley vineyards just below 600 metres. The nose is very fresh and restrained, tending towards citrus with subtle floral notes. The palate is elegant and pure with a core of delicate citrus ... Learn More
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  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. 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
  17. 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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  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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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  23. 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
  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. Vickery Eden Valley Riesling 2021
    A precise portrait of Eden Valley riesling achieved despite a torrid growing season, the downside the miserable size of the yield, the upside its floral lime/lemon aromas, the palate with marvellous juicy flavours framed by mouthwatering acidity. - James ... Learn More
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  27. 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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  28. 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
  29. 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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  30. 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
  31. Vickery Eden Valley Riesling 2020
    A precise portrait of Eden Valley riesling achieved despite a torrid growing season, the downside the miserable size of the yield, the upside its floral lime/lemon aromas, the palate with marvellous juicy flavours framed by mouthwatering acidity. - James ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Paul Ippolito
  32. Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache Blanc 2020
    Very exotic nose, honeysuckle, cinnamon and green apple notes. The palate is all zip and zing. White berries, lemon thyme and saline minerality all combine with a taut acid line and a dusty fuzz of phenolics. - Stuart Knox Thistledown ... Learn More
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    Tony Love
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  33. 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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    Toni Paterson MW
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  34. 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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    Nick Butler
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  35. 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
  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache Rose 2021
    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
  39. Yangarra Rose 2021
    The Rose is made from grapes grown on certified biodynamic single-estate vineyard, grown without herbicides, fungicides or synthetic chemicals. ... Learn More
    Yangarra Rose 2021
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  40. 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
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