McLaren Vale, Heathcote

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 to the north of the Great Dividing Range in Central Victoria, approximately an hour and a half’s drive from Melbourne, Heathcote is well known for their award winning Shiraz wines, which is characterized in this region by a deep dark ruby colour with a rich silky tannins. The wine region is situated between Bendigo and Goulburn Valley and borders New South Wales to the north. The grapevines of Heathcote are planted along the sides of the hills of Mount Camel. Due to the elevation of the terrain, the cool winds keep the grapes cool and the temperature regulated which aids in a slow and steady process of producing only the finest wines. Another important factor that aids in growing the grapes is the calcium rich Cambrian soil that has good water retention capabilities. Because of this, the wineries of Heathcote rarely need to irrigate their vineyards. Due to these favourable conditions, the wines from Heathcote tend to be extremely rich and flavourful.
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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. Tyrrell's 'Rufus Stone' Heathcote Shiraz 2019
    The deep rich colour of this wine indicates its intensity. Classic Heathcote Shiraz, the nose is full of regional ripe plum, dark cherries with a pinch of white pepper and sweet vanilla. A rich full wine with a complex structure ... Learn More
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Montevecchio Moscato 2020
    A refreshing, light and fruity wine. Honeysuckle and elderflower, lychee and rosewater aromas. Just a hint of spritz, allowing the bright sherbet, elderflower and honeysuckle flavours of the moscato giallo grape to take centre stage. It balances sweetness, acidity and ... Learn More
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Chalmers Wines Rosato 2021
    The Chalmers Rosato is made from mostly Aglianico with a splash of Nero d’Avola and Sagrantino. All three varieties are growing on the prized top block at the Heathcote vineyard which is a complex rocky site with green basalt, ... Learn More
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. Chalmers Nero D’Avola 2019
    Aromas of raspberry jam, cherry and ironstone are inviting, and the palate is lightish medium-bodied, fruity, succulent, well balanced. - Ralph Kyte-Powell The grape was first imported to Australia by the Chalmers family in 2001 and that one little vine has ... Learn More
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    Ralph Kyte-Powell
  32. Place Of Changing Winds Heathcote Syrah No 2 2017
    All the fruit is hand harvested and the 2017 was blended from spontaneous 100% whole bunch ferments. This 2017 was raised by Luke Lambert, mostly large format, neutral oak (predominantly Stockinger) and no sulphur used through the ageing. As always, the winemaking is ... Learn More
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. Sc Pannell Grenache Shiraz Touriga 2018
    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
  38. Mollydooker Two Left Feet Shiraz Blend 2020
    The owner of Mollydooker Wines, Sarah Marquis, one of the most decorated winemakers in the world. Two Left Feet is what can happen when you dance after a glass or two of Mollydooker. The seamless blend of Shiraz, Merlot and ... Learn More
  39. SC Pannell Montepulciano 2020
    One of South Australia's oldest wine regions is also one of Australia’s most sustainably focussed. In Steve Pannell’s hands, it’s fashioned into a deeply-coloured, generously-built wine centred on aromatic, fleshy black cherry-like fruit, edged in spice and ... Learn More
  40. Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2019
    "Shiraz from our estate vineyard adopts more of a cooler climate expression than the typical McLaren Vale style thanks to the vineyard’s elevation and cooling night breezes from the nearby Southern Lofty Ranges, but retains concentration and complexity." - ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Stuart Knox
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    Mike Bennie
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    James Suckling
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