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 '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
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  2. 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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    Huon Hooke
  3. 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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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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  4. 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
  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. ONLINE TASTING PARTY PACK - SC PANNELL TASTING WITH WINEMAKER STEVE PANNELL

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains 2 bottles of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on the 16th of July 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be running a series ... Learn More

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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
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  9. Yangarra 'High Sands' Grenache Magnum 2015
    "The 2015 stamp of full throttle acidity and tannin that has run through our Old Vine and Ovitelli Grenache is very evident in the High Sands. It is youthful and will benefit from some time bottle or time in a decanter. " ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday
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  10. Yangarra 'High Sands' Grenache 2017 Magnum
    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
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  11. Clarendon Hills Astralis 2015
    The fitting capstone to what was a terrific vintage for Clarendon Hills, the 2015 Astralis Syrah is destined to become a McLaren Vale legend. Remarkably precise, complex and pristine aromas of anise, pepper, mint and blueberries lead the way. They're followed ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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