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 Estate Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2017
    A careful blend of 68% Grenache, 26% Shiraz and 6% Mourvèdre - beautifully conveys the traditional estate blends of the southern Rhone. The backbone of the wine comes from old bush vine Grenache planted in 1946. "A bright and fragrant aroma, with spicy ... Learn More
  2. Sc Pannell Montepulciano 2018
    “Italian giggle juice! This is definitely happy wine and a variety I have great hope for in our warm climate. The wine is an immediate pleasure but given a moment can be contemplative and cerebral. In a way it’s ... Learn More
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  3. Sc Pannell 'Dead End' Tempranillo 2017
    “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
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  4. Yangarra Estate Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2016
    A careful blend of 68% Grenache, 26% Shiraz and 6% Mourvèdre - beautifully conveys the traditional estate blends of the southern Rhone. The backbone of the wine comes from old bush vine Grenache planted in 1946. "A bright and fragrant aroma, with spicy ... Learn More
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  5. Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2016
    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
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  6. Ministry Of Clouds Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2019
    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
  7. Ministry Of Clouds Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2018
    We hand picked each parcel to preserve freshness and vibrancy, keeping 10% as whole bunches, and 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 ... Learn More
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  8. Mollydooker Miss Molly Sparkling Shiraz 2019
    The owners of Mollydooker Wines, Sarah & Sparky Marquis, are some of the most decorated winemakers in the world. The 2019 Miss Molly Sparkling Shiraz inspires fun and enjoyment from the first sip. The nose shimmers with luxurious candied blackcurrants. Cherry and ... Learn More
  9. Mollydooker Two Left Feet Shiraz Blend 2019
    The owners of Mollydooker Wines, Sarah & Sparky Marquis, are some 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, ... Learn More
  10. Chapel Hill Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2009
    Dark berries, plum, liquorice and chocolate tightly interwoven with savoury tannins result in a superb McLaren Vale Shiraz. Chapel Hill's Shiraz is a must for any Shiraz drinker. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  11. Di Fabio Bush Vine Reserve Shiraz 2005
    Di Fabio's McLaren Vale Shiraz vines are over 60 years old and have been carefully hand pruned and picked to create exceptional Bush Vine Shiraz. These grapes were once sold to some of Australia's best wineries but now are exclusive. ... Learn More
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  12. United Cellars Reserve Selection 'Cabernets By Yangarra Estate' 2019
    Comprised of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, 14% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Franc, this is a wine of exceptional complexity, balance & beauty. Incredible lifted perfume of berries, cassis, choc mint and potpourri overlay an appealing earthy undertone. These continue onto a wonderfully ... Learn More
  13. Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2018
    "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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    Huon Hooke
  14. 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
  15. United Cellars Reserve Selection 'Cabernets By Yangarra Estate' 2018
    Comprised of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, 14% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Franc, this is a wine of exceptional complexity, balance & beauty. Incredible lifted perfume of berries, cassis, choc mint and potpourri overlay an appealing earthy undertone. These continue onto a wonderfully ... Learn More
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  16. 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
  17. 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
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    Mark Faber
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  18. 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
  19. 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
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  20. 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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  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
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  25. Rohrlach Mums Block Shiraz 2010
    Made from 100-plus-year-old vines grown by the Rohrlach family ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  26. Secret Deal Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2016
    ACCOLADES; 97 Points, Sam Kim 95 Points, James Halliday Drawing on Shiraz plantings from the 1950s this is a small batch wine (release is about 600 dozen) made to honour some of Australia's older Shiraz traditions bowing only slightly to modern trends. It ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    James Halliday
  27. Pirramimma Mclaren Vale Petit Verdot 2008 (1.5L)
    Researched for eleven years before the release of the first vintage in 1994, the Pirramimma Petit Verdot vineyard was the first and is now the largest in Australia. Pirramimma Petit Verdot has won 28 show medals and has the enviable reputation of ... Learn More
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  28. Mitolo 'Reiver' Shiraz 2010
    Highly Collected wine from one of the leading producers of McLaren Vale, Producing this wine from the Barossa ... Learn More
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  29. Wolf Blass Grey Label Shiraz 2010
    McLaren Vale shiraz and a highly polished version of it. Wolf Blass Grey Label has really got its act into gear. - Campbell Mattinson ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    James Halliday
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  30. 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
  31. Mollydooker Gigglepot Cab Sauvignon 2019
    The owners of Mollydooker Wines, Sarah & Sparky Marquis, are some of the most decorated winemakers in the world. A hint of mint on the nose, but just a hint, leaving plenty of space for the dark cassis and chocolate notes ... Learn More
  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. Yangarra 'Ovitelli' Grenache 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. Yangarra 'Ovitelli' Grenache 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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  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
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