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. 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
  2. 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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  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. 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
  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Hickinbotham 'Trueman' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Trueman is the pinnacle of Clarendon Cabernet. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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
  19. Pirramimma Warhorse Shiraz 2010
    Drinking until 2040 ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards Block 6 Shiraz 2008
    The Block 6 vineyard dates back to 1892. Over 115 years later four acres still remain, cropping at extremely low levels, the fruit is of extreme quality. The wine is an excellent example of a big, rich & brooding McLaren Shiraz. After basket pressing & ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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    James Halliday
  23. ONLINE TASTING PACK - YANGARRA TASTING WITH WINEMAKER PETER FRASER

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on the 25th of June 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be running a ... Learn More

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    Huon Hooke
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    Mike Bennie
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  24. Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz 2017
    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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    James Halliday
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    Toni Paterson MW
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  25. Brokenwood Rayner Vineyard Shiraz 2016
    Another great release for this iconic Single Vineyard wine. A lovely colour which is not quite as dense as some previous McLaren Vale wines. Dark fruit pastille aromas, plum and vanillin oak in the background. Sweet fruit entry on the ... Learn More
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  26. ONLINE TASTING PACK - SC PANNELL TASTING WITH WINEMAKER STEVE PANNELL

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER, BUT PACK STILL AVAILABLE**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on the 16th of July 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we ... Learn More

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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
  27. Yangarra 'High Sands' Grenache 2015
    Awarded Best 'Other Variety' in Australia by James Halliday's Wine Companion 2019 - 98 points Aromas of very concentrated, spiced dark fruits appear alongside pretty florals, which become more apparent the longer the wine is open. The palate is rich and plush, ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday
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  28. Yangarra 'High Sands' Grenache 2016
    Awarded Best Wine in Australia by James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 - 99 points The wine comes from Block 31 of the vineyard, at once the highest in terms of elevation, the lowest in terms of yield, and the deepest in terms of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  29. Yangarra 'High Sands' Grenache 2014
    100% Grenache from 70 year-old vines. Aromas of very concentrated, spiced dark fruits appear alongside pretty florals, which become more apparent the longer the wine is open. The palate is rich and plush, with its trademark tight line of tannin and acidity. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  30. 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
  31. Yangarra 'Roux Beaute' Roussanne Magnum 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
    Out of stock
  32. Yangarra 'Ovitelli' Grenache Magnum 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
    Out of stock
  33. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 'The Peake' Cabernet Shiraz 2016
    This beautiful wine is fine, supple and utterly satisfying; evoking notes of blackberry, ripe fig, and Arabic coffee. Although seductive in it's youth, you will be rewarded with patience. A wine of long-term promise. It reacts faster to an airing ... Learn More
    pts
    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  34. Yangarra 'High Sands' Grenache 2017
    Awarded 98 points by James Halliday's Wine Companion 2021 The wine comes from Block 31 of the vineyard, at once the highest in terms of elevation, the lowest in terms of yield, and the deepest in terms of sand. It seems counterintuitive, but ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
    Out of stock
  35. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 'The Peake' Cabernet Shiraz 2017
    This beautiful wine is fine, supple and utterly satisfying; evoking notes of blackberry, ripe fig, and Arabic coffee. Although seductive in it's youth, you will be rewarded with patience. A wine of long-term promise. It reacts faster to an airing ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Huon Hooke
  36. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 'The Peake' Cabernet Shiraz 2015
    56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 54% Shiraz. Although seductive in it's youth, you will be rewarded with patience. A wine of long-term promise. It reacts faster to an airing in the decanter, mellowing nicely, but may well outlive the three varietal wines. ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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  37. Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2018
    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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    Nick Stock
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    Gary Walsh
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  38. Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz Magnum 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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  39. Coriole Lloyds Reserve Shiraz 2001 (1.5L)
    Coriole Lloyd Shiraz is sourced from low yielding estate grown, 80 year old vines. The wine is fermented in old open fermenters and hand plunged, breaking the cap. It is then pressed into both new and old French and American oak ... Learn More
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    Jeremy Oliver
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    The Wine Advocate
  40. Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz 2017 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
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    James Halliday
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    Toni Paterson MW
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