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 '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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Tatachilla Foundation Shiraz 1999
    The top wine (of 217 entries) and trophy winner at the 2002 Visy Board Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  6. 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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  7. Yangarra King's Wood Shiraz 2019
    Remarkable poise for such a young wine, dark fruits, blood and ironstone all meld seamlessly. - Stuart Knox This is the inaugural release of the King's Wood Shiraz and it is exceptional. Aromas of red fruit, boysenberry, plums with notes ... Learn More
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    Stuart Knox
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  8. Yangarra 'Ovitelli' Grenache 2019
    The name ‘Ovitelli’ is a portmanteau of ‘ovi’ and ‘vitelli’ meaning ‘egg’ and ‘life’ respectively. Planted in 1946. Exclusively fermented and matured in ceramic eggs for 158 days. Lifted noted of florals, cherries & herbs. Excellent acid & tannin structure. Elegant fruit, with a ... Learn More
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  9. Yangarra 'Roux Beaute' Roussanne 2019
    Hand-picked from Block 6 (1.0 ha) on March 16th, our oldest Roussanne planting which is now 15 years old. The fruit is 50% destemmed, crushed, and filled to 675L ceramic eggs, where it is fermented and remains on the skins for 193 days. The remaining 50% ... Learn More
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  10. Yangarra 'Ovitelli' Grenache 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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  11. 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
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  12. Clarendon Hills Moritz Syrah 2012
    Incredibly deep, dark colour. Sweet licorice, prune, bitter chocolate and tar flavours flood the palate unhindered. A fruit bomb of the most intense kind. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  13. Haselgrove 'The Lear' Reserve Shiraz 2014
    Selected from the very best McLaren Vale shiraz blocks in Haselgrove’s portfolio. The wines for this blend are selected from various microclimatic sites around McLaren Vale to craft a wine that is rich, structured and powerful. The wine is ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  14. Hardys 'Eileen Hardy' Shiraz 1992
    This vintage celebrates the merger of Thomas Hardy and the Berri Renmano group, which led to a decade of prosperity. Gold Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 1994 Gold Medal - Hobart Wine Show 1994 ... Learn More
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  15. Fox Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
    Fox Creek has a winemaking history that dates back to 1984 when Helen and Dr Jim Watts purchased a 32ha property in McLaren Vale. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  16. Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 1997
    Fox Creek has a winemaking history that dates back to 1984 when Helen and Dr Jim Watts purchased a 32ha property in McLaren Vale. Winner of the People's Choice Trophy at the Boutique wine Awards in 1998 Gold Medal - Royal Queensland ... Learn More
  17. Mitolo 'G.A.M.' Shiraz 2005
    Highly Collected wine from one of the leading producers of McLaren Vale. ... Learn More
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  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Yangarra 'Ovitelli' Grenache 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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  22. 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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  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. Hickinbotham Brooks Rd Shiraz 2018
    2018 Brooks Road exhibits the compelling dynamic between savoury 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
  27. Clarendon Hills Liandra Syrah 2012
    Creamy oak pours through blackberry and plum fruit flavour. Simple formula but power, depth and texture make for both impressive and attractive drinking. Healthy swagger of tannin leads to a slightly briney aftertaste. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  28. 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
  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. Mollydooker Carnival Of Love Shiraz 2018
    Lively and expressive, the 2018 Carnival of Love leads with aromatics of raspberry and butterscotch. On the palate, rich layers of toffee and coconut weave through the darker plummy fruits, the flavours creating a true celebration of McLaren Vale Shiraz. The ... Learn More
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  32. Wirra Wirra The Angelus Cabernet 1999
    Pitch Perfect McLaren Vale Cabernet Established in 1894 by Robert Strangways Wigley, but it wasn't until 1969 that Greg Trott resurrected the estate, turning it into the iconic winery it is today. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  33. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 'Brooks Road' Shiraz 2012
    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. "whiffs of dried fruit, smoked almonds, red berries, plum, sniff of cherry ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
  34. D'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 2013
    It takes time for the tannin to properly unfurl but give this some air and it sure struts its stuff. A Grade McLaren Vale shiraz not just in name, but in the glass. It presents a substantial serve of curranty, ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  35. Pirramimma Warhorse Shiraz 2010
    Drinking until 2040 ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  36. Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz 1999
    Wirra Wirra RSW expresses the terroir shown by top-notch McLaren Vale Shiraz for generations. It smells of bitter chocolate, blackberry liqueur, sweet currants, exotic spices and perfectly integrated oak. It is medium to full-bodied, yet it has seamless elegance, with ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  37. Toby Bekkers McLaren Vale Grenache 2018
    Not far from the McLaren Vale township lies a vineyard of old, dry-grown Grenache that we’ve long admired. We source a tiny parcel of terrific fruit from these old warriors. To this backbone we add three small parcels from ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Suckling
  38. Primo Estate Joseph Moda Cabernet 2001
    A gorgeous wine! Taut, buffed, bright and dense, with prune and a general, thick, tobaccoed sweetness to the obvious fruit power. For all that, it never loses it form. Never loses its cut. Yummo! Drink - Campbell Mattinson The Primo ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  39. Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz 2016
    The name Ironheart speaks to the reddish ironstone gravel soil and represents the most eloquent expression of Shiraz from our unique estate. This wine aspires to be a powerhouse, yet showcasing perfume and an elegant side to its dense sanguine ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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    Toni Paterson MW
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  40. Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz 2015
    "Great vintage, great wine." 97 points, James Halliday. The name Ironheart speaks to the reddish ironstone gravel soil and represents the most eloquent expression of Shiraz from Yangarra's unique estate. This wine aspires to be a powerhouse, yet showcasing perfume and ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday
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