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. Coriole Willunga 1920 Shiraz 2018
    This two acre vineyard was planted in 1920 in the foothills of Willunga. The soils are deep, gravelly loams and this block always show great old vine complexity with a suppleness of Willunga soils. A very different wine to those produced ... Learn More
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    Nick Butler
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    Ned Goodwin MW
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    Gary Walsh
  2. Hardys 'Eileen Hardy' Shiraz 1997
    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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    Jeremy Oliver
  3. Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz 2019
    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
  4. Yangarra King's Wood Shiraz 2019 1.5L Magnum
    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
  5. Yangarra King's Wood Shiraz 2020 1.5L Magnum
    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
  6. Yangarra 'Roux Beaute' Roussanne Magnum 2017
    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
  7. Hardys 'Eileen Hardy' Shiraz 1998
    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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    Jeremy Oliver
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    Campbell Mattinson
  8. Cullen Diana Madeline 2015
    Violet and subtle leafy perfume, pure black and red fruit, baking spices, aniseed and mocha. Medium bodied, the precision here, the generous delivery of flavour trimmed of excess, seems like the work of the truly gifted: how do you make ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
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    Vinous
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    The Wine Advocate
  9. Cullen Diana Madeline 2017
    Violet and subtle leafy perfume, pure black and red fruit, baking spices, aniseed and mocha. Medium bodied, the precision here, the generous delivery of flavour trimmed of excess, seems like the work of the truly gifted: how do you make ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
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    Vinous
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    James Suckling
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    The Wine Advocate
  10. Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2019
    Although the individual components of this wine are mighty, the sum of the Peake’s parts is magnificent. The Cabernet shines aromatically with notes of blackberry pie and dark chocolate, while the Shiraz fills the mid-palate with black plum and ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Joe Czerwinski
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    Campbell Mattinson
  11. Mitolo Marsican Shiraz 2015
    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. A careful selection of the finest parcels of Shiraz from the winery's most ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  12. Yangarra 'High Sands' Grenache 2019
    High Sands is Yangarra's Holy Grenache Grail, capturing the essence of their prized old vines. From their McLaren Vale Blewett Springs estate, this biodynamic High Sands block is perched at the top of the ridge, with gnarly old bush vines ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
  13. Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz 2019 (1.5L Magnum)
    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
  14. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 2019 Tasting Kit!

    Located 35 kilometers south of Adelaide, the seaside winemaking town of McLaren Vale is considered the birthplace of wine in South Australia. The region’s first settlers came from England in 1838, and quickly recognized the farming potential of McLaren Vale’ ... Learn More

  15. Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2002
    The 2002 vintage was uniform across the Clarendon Hills range, with all wines performing superbly. The wine differs from the 2001 in that only two new barriques were used whereas 100% new oak was used the previous year. This wine differs from the ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
  16. Yangarra 'High Sands' Grenache 2019 (1.5L Magnum)
    High Sands is Yangarra's Holy Grenache Grail, capturing the essence of their prized old vines. From their McLaren Vale Blewett Springs estate, this biodynamic High Sands block is perched at the top of the ridge, with gnarly old bush vines ... Learn More
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