McLaren Vale

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.
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  1. YANGARRA OLD VINE GRENACHE 2019
    From bush vines planted in 1946 high on the Estate’s deep sandy soils, the Old Vine Grenache is complex, perfumed and elegant with a trademark tannin structure. Pretty floral aromas and briary bright red fruits. The palate shows lots of ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  2. YANGARRA ESTATE ROUSSANNE 2019
    "In 2003 we grafted Roussanne over Cabernet Sauvignon roots and began the journey with this obscure variety (which is equally as rare in its original home of the southern Rhône), this is 100% Estate grown in Kangarilla, McLaren Vale. From its ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  3. YANGARRA ESTATE ROUSSANNE 2018
    "In 2003 we grafted Roussanne over Cabernet Sauvignon roots and began the journey with this obscure variety (which is equally as rare in its original home of the southern Rhône), this is 100% Estate grown in Kangarilla, McLaren Vale. From its ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  4. WIRRA WIRRA 'WOODHENGE' SHIRAZ 2018
    Fruit parcels of typical Woodhenge style were selected: rich generous McLaren Vale Shiraz fruit, with the Wirra Wirra style stamped firmly over it. Gently crushed and destemmed to open top and static fermenters, parcels were tasted twice daily by the ... Learn More
  5. Aphelion 'Tendance' Shiraz 2018
    Tendance Shiraz 2018 is our Aphelion take on the workhorse of McLaren Vale - Shiraz. Tending more Rhone in style, Rob seeks out elegance, aromatics, spice and savouriness. Variety: Shiraz from two bordering vineyards on McMurtrie Road in the heart of ... Learn More
  6. YANGARRA OLD VINE GRENACHE 2018
    From bush vines planted in 1946 high on the Estate’s deep sandy soils, the Old Vine Grenache is complex, perfumed and elegant with a trademark tannin structure. Pretty floral aromas and briary bright red fruits. The palate shows lots of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  7. YANGARRA OLD VINE GRENACHE 2016
    From bush vines planted in 1946 high on the Estate’s deep sandy soils, the Old Vine Grenache is complex, perfumed and elegant with a trademark tannin structure. Pretty floral aromas and briary bright red fruits. The palate shows lots of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  8. SECRET DEAL MCLAREN VALE CABERNET 2018
    ACCOLADES; 96 & Top in Category Winestate Magazine, October 2020 95 & Gold Medal Sam Kim, May 2020 Sourced from one vineyard on the corner of Rifle Range and Hunt Road in the eastern McLaren Vale, on the approach to the Adelaide Hills. The soils are ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    Winestate Magazine
  9. KOOMILYA TEMPRANILLO TOURIGA 2017
    Aromas of blackberry, fruits of the forest, red toffee apple, roast beetroot, smoky paprika and Dutch cocoa. The palate shows red toffee apple and blackberry on entry followed by cocoa and paprika, finishing with Touriga’s signature fruit mince and ... Learn More
  10. SC PANNELL CABERNET MALBEC 2017
    This is the second release of this wine, and is the follow-up to the wine that blew away the competition to win Best Wine of Show at last year's McLaren Vale Wine Show. The Cabernet component comes from Stephen's Koomilya ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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  11. YANGARRA KING'S WOOD SHIRAZ 2017
    This is the inaugural release of the King's Wood Shiraz and it is exceptional. Aromas of red fruit, boysenberry, plums with notes of graphite & cloves - complex and inviting. A beautifully structured wine with vibrant acid and fine tannins supporting ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Toni Paterson MW
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  12. YANGARRA​ 'OVITELLI​'​ ​G​RENACHE​ 2017
    "The name ‘Ovitelli’ is a portmanteau of ‘ovi’ and ‘vitelli’ meaning ‘egg’ and ‘life’ respectively. The Ovitelli Grenache is our most perfumed and elegant Grenache from the sands at Yangarra. The vibrant fruit of the dry-grown 1946 planted bush vines is ... Learn More
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    Toni Paterson MW
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  13. YANGARRA 'SMALL POT WHOLE BUNCH' SHIRAZ 2016
    100% Shiraz. 25% Whole bunch. 18 months maturation in French oak. "Very aromatic with with intense dark fruits and spice. The whole bunches used in the ferment really increase the complexity and tannin structure of this wine. Black and blue fruits are supported ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  14. YANGARRA KING'S WOOD SHIRAZ 2018
    This is the inaugural release of the King's Wood Shiraz and it is exceptional. Aromas of red fruit, boysenberry, plums with notes of graphite & cloves - complex and inviting. A beautifully structured wine with vibrant acid and fine tannins supporting ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Mike Bennie
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    Nick Stock
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  15. YANGARRA​ 'OVITELLI​'​ ​G​RENACHE​ 2018
    "The name ‘Ovitelli’ is a portmanteau of ‘ovi’ and ‘vitelli’ meaning ‘egg’ and ‘life’ respectively. The Ovitelli Grenache is our most perfumed and elegant Grenache from the sands at Yangarra. The vibrant fruit of the dry-grown 1946 planted bush vines is ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  16. ​YANGARRA​ 'ROUX ​BEAUTE​' ROUSSANNE 2018
    Hand-picked from Block 6 (1.0 Ha) on the 16th March. This is our oldest Roussanne planting, now 15 years old. Forty percent was destemmed, crushed, and placed into 675L ceramic eggs. This portion was fermented on skins for 193 days before pressing. No pressings ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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    Toni Paterson MW
  17. MINISTRY OF CLOUDS BLEWITT SPRINGS SHIRAZ 2016
    Conceived, planted and nurtured from 1962 onwards on an elevated southeast facing site, the Patritti family’s famed Blewitt Springs Shiraz vineyard is celebrated in this single site wine. A surprisingly cool fruited, but dense and bright expression of Blewitt Springs ... Learn More
  18. SC PANNELL SMART GRENACHE 2018
    This is the second release from a 64-year-old, dry-grown, bush-vine vineyard, on the edge of the Clarendon township. The site was planted by Bernie Smart and is managed by his son Wayne. It features Saddleworth formation soils that are up ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
  19. SC PANNELL OLD MCDONALD GRENACHE 2018
    The grapes come from a 76-year-old, dry-grown vineyard I have worked with since 2004. It was formerly owned by Duncan McDonald and is now farmed by Matt Hatwell. It features sandy, Eocene-era soils at an altitude of 83m above sea level. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
  20. CORIOLE MARY KATHLEEN RESERVE CABERNET 2016
    Bright dark cherry, rosehip, cassis and dark plum. Sweet sage flower perfume and a subtle touch of nutty oak. A rich and bold entry with lashings of dark fruited flavour, blackcurrant and a little dark chocolate, The tannins are plush ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  21. YANGARRA​ 'OVITELLI​'​ ​G​RENACHE​ 2015
    "The name ‘Ovitelli’ is a portmanteau of ‘ovi’ and ‘vitelli’ meaning ‘egg’ and ‘life’ respectively. The Ovitelli Grenache is our most perfumed and elegant Grenache from the sands at Yangarra. The vibrant fruit of the dry-grown 1946 planted bush vines is ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
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  22. CURTIS LIMITED SERIES MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ 2016
    Inky dark fruit on the nose with hints of iodine, mulberry, blackberry and dark chocolate- a classic McLaren Vale nose. Then comes lovely oak aromas of dried herbs, graphite, coffee bean and pencil shavings. The palate is round and gutsy, ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  23. KOOMILYA SHIRAZ 2017
    The fruit was hand harvested on 11th March, crushed and sent to fermentation with 16% whole bunch. It spent a total of 10 days on skins in open top fermenters with gentle pumpovers beforebeing pressed off with hard pressings removed. It was ... Learn More
    KOOMILYA SHIRAZ 2017
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    Gary Walsh
  24. THISTLEDOWN SANDS OF TIME SINGLE VINEYARD GRENACHE 2019
    One of the most highly regarded Australian Grenache available today- 95+pts Gary Walsh, TWF; 95pts Huon Hooke; 95pts James Suckling, 95pts Nick Stock. Sourced from one 75 year old vineyard, the bush trained vines on pure sand yield up a wine ... Learn More
  25. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'BROOKS ROAD' SHIRAZ 2015
    Grown on a block planted in 1971 and aged for 15 months in French oak. This is the most finely-structured and elegant of our three vintages of Hickinbotham Vineyard Shiraz. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  26. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'THE REVIVALIST' MERLOT 2017
    It smells comforting at first, but as the drinker delves, the bouquet unveils mossy, damp forest earth, and then fresher, leafy greens emerge with their tannins. Medium bodied, strawberry and plum, savoury, grainy graphite tannin, cool acidity, tomato paste flavour ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  27. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'TRUEMAN' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
    The Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon is without a doubt one of the finest wines in the in distinguished Hickinbotham range. The pretty topnote aromas of bergamot and blueberry cover the first impressions of flavour. Step two is the strapping acid-and-tannin realisation; ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  28. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'BROOKS ROAD' SHIRAZ 2017
    Grown on a block planted in 1971 and aged for 15 months in French oak. This is the most finely-structured and elegant of our three vintages of Hickinbotham Vineyard Shiraz. Aromas of blackberry, ripe fig, and Arabic coffee, then dried fruit, smoked ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  29. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'ELDER HILL' GRENACHE 2017
    100% Grenache matured in old French oak for 7.5 months. This is particularly sinuous in form, with elegant aromas of white pepper, dried fig, and quince paste. It has savoury flavours of anise and gunmetal; it has darker, perhaps more serious flavours ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  30. YANGARRA​ 'OVITELLI​'​ ​G​RENACHE​ 2016
    Made by Peter Fraser - 2016 Winemaker of the Year (James Halliday Wine Companion) with great emphasis on perfume, tension and precision. Lifted noted of florals, cherries & herbs. Excellent acid & tannin structure. Elegant fruit, with a long finish of lingering freshness ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  31. ​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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  32. HICKINBOTHAM 'TRUEMAN' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
    Trueman is the pinnacle of Clarendon Cabernet. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  33. HICKINBOTHAM THE TRUEMAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2018
    2018 Trueman carries a quiet yet powerful grace often reserved for some of world’s finest wines. Evoking aromas of ripe blackberries and bittersweet chocolate with hints of rose petal and wild sage. This transitions to an impeccably balanced palate with ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
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    Nick Stock
  34. HICKINBOTHAM THE REVIVALIST MERLOT 2018
    The Revivalist has a powerful bouquet of black cherry, milk chocolate and a touch of bay laurel. Bold flavours of blackberries and barrel toast are enveloped in a lush mouthfeel. Hardly lacking in structure, the wine is incredibly balanced with ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Gary Walsh
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    Nick Stock
  35. HICKINBOTHAM THE NEST CABERNET FRANC 2018
    Although only the Nest’s second vintage, the 2018 is utterly stunning. This Cabernet Franc expresses true varietal characteristics such as black tea and rich raspberry with a touch of bay leaf. The mid-palate is dense yet delicate and the finish ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Gary Walsh
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    Nick Stock
  36. HICKINBOTHAM BROOKS RD SHIRAZ 2018
    2018 Brooks Road exhibits the compelling dynamic between savory and fruit flavors which is textbook Shiraz from Clarendon. Sweet blueberry and rich red fruits interlace with notes of clove and menthol. The palate is expansive but pure finesses with a beautifully ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
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    Nick Stock
  37. THISTLEDOWN SANDS OF TIME SINGLE VINEYARD GRENACHE 2018
    One of the most awarded Grenaches available today- Winner, Top Gold, 97 Points James Halliday Grenache Challenge 2019; Gold McLaren Vale Wine Show 2019; 95pts The Wine Front; 94pts Huon Hooke; 94 James Suckling; 93 Robert Parker Sourced from one 75 year old vineyard, the bush ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
  38. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'ELDER HILL' GRENACHE 2016
    100% Grenache matured in old French oak for 7.5 months. This is particularly sinuous in form, with elegant aromas of white pepper, dried fig, and quince paste. It has savoury flavours of anise and gunmetal; it has darker, perhaps more serious flavours ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  39. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'THE REVIVALIST' MERLOT 2016
    100% Merlot matured in French oak for 15 months. ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  40. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'THE REVIVALIST' MERLOT 2015
    100% Merlot matured in French oak for 15 months. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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