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. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 'The Revivalist' Merlot 2016
    100% Merlot matured in French oak for 15 months. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  2. DÁrenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2017
    The d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 2017 is one of the most intensely fruited releases of this legendary McLaren Vale label in the last 21+ years. The term Dead Arm refers to a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that randomly ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  3. Hickinbotham The Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    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's Wine Companion
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Joe Czerwinski
  4. Hickinbotham The Nest Cabernet Franc 2019
    Although only the Nest’s third vintage, the 2019 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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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Joe Czerwinski
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    Campbell Mattinson
  5. Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot 2019
    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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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Joe Czerwinski
  6. Hickinbotham Brooks Road Shiraz 2019
    2019 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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  7. 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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  8. Mitolo 'Savitar' Shiraz 2017
    Highly Collected wine from one of the leading producers of McLaren Vale. Fruit for Savitar is fermented on skins for fifteen days, ensuring a tighter overall structure setting up the framework for a wine built for ageing. Immense lift, the ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Joe Czerwinski
  9. 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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  10. 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
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  11. 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
  12. 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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  13. Pirramimma Warhorse Shiraz 2010
    Drinking until 2040 ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  14. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 'Trueman' Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Trueman represents Cabernet in Clarendon at its best. Its purity, its elegant style, its supple, polished nature ... it’s a wine of its own. ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  15. 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
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  16. 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
  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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    James Halliday
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  20. Coriole Lloyd Reserve Shiraz 2016
    "This vineyard was planted in 1919 at the bottom of the hill side at Coriole. This is a very exciting release and one of the most complete and composed wines ever from this vineyard. Yields were low in 2016 and our total ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday
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    James Suckling
  21. Aphelion Rapture Grenache 2020
    Rapture 2020 Grenache represents the pinnacle of Aphelion's Grenache-focussed winemaking. Vibrant purple with ruby hues. Subtle aromatics of strawberry and rhubarb compote, twiggy spice, wet earth, and just ripe cranberry. Tannin is a highlight - exceptionally fine and powdery which provides ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  22. Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz 1998
    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
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  23. Coriole Lloyd Reserve Shiraz 2010
    95pts James Halliday, A truly terrific Ageing Shiraz. Black fruit, lavender, spices – nutmeg and cinnamon – light vanilla oak, licorice. Medium to full bodied, black fruit, serious dense tannin – mouth-coating and ferrous – then a tight and drying, but very long finish. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
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  24. 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
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  25. 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
  26. 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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  27. Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Cabernet 2014
    Pure, glorious cabernet. If you've gone away from the variety, this will make you come rushing back. If you never left, a smug smile will likely appear. Redcurrant and blackcurrant, violets, cedar wood, peppercorns, tobacco; there are many quality cabernet ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  28. Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham' Syrah	2009
    A wine with 18 months' maturation in 85% new French oak. A massive wine on the palate, filled with blackberry fruit supported by strong tannins; relaxes a little with its spicy, savoury finish; 740 dozen made. Can be held until 2029. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  29. Online Tasting Pack - Grenache of Australia Tasting Thursday 9th December 6:30pm aest

    Grenache or Garnacha, a versatile Spanish grape that has been doing very well in Australia both in the popular GSM blends and on its own. As we really harnessed this grape and its potential, we are going to look ... Learn More

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  30. Koomilya GT Block Shiraz 2018
    Steve Pannell is one of Australia's most renowned winemakers, regarded by peers & press as being utterly relevant and forward-thinking, at the same time as serving as a wise older statesman. This fact was celebrated recent when he was awarded Gourmet ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Gary Walsh
  31. Koomilya JC Block Shiraz 2018
    Steve Pannell is one of Australia's most renowned winemakers, regarded by peers & press as being utterly relevant and forward-thinking, at the same time as serving as a wise older statesman. This fact was celebrated recent when he was awarded Gourmet ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Gary Walsh
  32. Koomilya Dc Block Shiraz 2018
    Steve Pannell is one of Australia's most renowned winemakers, regarded by peers & press as being utterly relevant and forward-thinking, at the same time as serving as a wise older statesman. This fact was celebrated recent when he was awarded Gourmet ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Gary Walsh
  33. Coriole Lloyd Reserve Shiraz 2013
    A true treasure of McLaren Vale, produced off vines planted in 1919. What a treasure trove the McLaren Vale has with vines/grapes/wines coming from ancient vines that signal all is well. The strength of the message is so powerful ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  34. 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
  35. Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz 2018
    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
  36. 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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  37. ONLINE TASTING PACK - SC PANNELL TASTING WITH WINEMAKER STEVE PANNELL

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    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 will be running a ... Learn More

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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
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    Gary Walsh
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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. Cullen Diana Madeline 2016
    Deep purple/red colour, with a lovely, elegant blueberry, violet aroma, the palate likewise refined and beautifully flavoured, a medium to full-body, elegance and harmony. The tannins are abundant and add great structure. Oak is nigh invisible. An impressive and ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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