Red Wine, 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. Mitolo Jester Shiraz 2019
    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. The fruit is crushed immediately upon arrival at the winery, the skins and ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  2. United Cellars Selection 'Shiraz By Yangarra Estate' 2018
    Made exclusively for United Cellars by Yangarra Estate using barrel selected fruit. Aromas of dark fruit aromas, along with blueberries, dark chocolate and some floral notes. A medium-full bodied palate packed with juicy black fruit, hints of licorice and dark ... Learn More
  3. Rockbare McLaren Vale Grenache 2017
    RockBare is a great example of the region’s signature wine. This bright and crunchy number presents a savoury touch with an intense concentration of flavour that makes this wine stand out from the pack with fine walnut–like tannins. ... Learn More
  4. Coates La Petite Cuvee Sparkling Shiraz Nv
    The base wines are predominately French oak matured Shiraz from McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. Rounding out the blend are small percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional of up to ten years of age. The inclusion of older ... Learn More
  5. United Cellars Selection 'Shiraz By Yangarra Estate' 2019
    Made exclusively for United Cellars by Yangarra Estate using barrel selected fruit. Aromas of dark fruit aromas, along with blueberries, dark chocolate and some floral notes. A medium-full bodied palate packed with juicy black fruit, hints of licorice and dark ... Learn More
  6. Mitolo Jester Grenache 2019
    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. Lush but with an effortless weight. Silky tannins mesh seamlessly with the vibrant ... Learn More
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    Ned Goodwin MW
  7. Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache 2020
    A delightful wine for current drinking. It’s light to medium bodied with the fruit sourced from throughout South Australia. Aromas of rustic strawberry with a little rose petal and spiciness. The palate is soft and supple but with good ... Learn More
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    Ray Jordan
  8. Coriole Sparta Shiraz 2018
    Named after the original owners' Spartan origins, this is the only Coriole site facing due north. A vivid dark ruby, this is a richer expression and yet still relatively light on its feet. Floral and lifted upon entry. A dense ... Learn More
  9. Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz 2020
    WHO IS THE BOXER? 'Mollydooker' is old Aussie slang for a left handed boxer and our Boxer always punches well above its Fruit Weight™. Did you notice he has two left-handed gloves? TASTING NOTES: This alluring and unashamedly bold Shiraz ... Learn More
  10. SC Pannell ‘Nero Diavola’ 2020
    Officially known as Calabrese in Italy with Nero d’Avola a modern evolution of Sicily’s most famous vinous export. Aromas of black cherry, dried-herbs, incense and terra-cotta tile lead on to a palate of dark chocolate, plum, beetroot and ... Learn More
  11. Ministry Of Clouds Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2021
    We hand picked each parcel to preserve freshness & vibrancy, keeping 10% as whole bunches, & gently destemming the balance to preserve whole berries, we allowed it to cold soak for 3 days to capture aromatics. Fermentation commenced naturally, it was hand plunged & tasted ... Learn More
  12. Seaview Edwards and Chaffey Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
    Seaview’s history dates back to the 1850s when George Manning established ‘Hope Farm’ in McLaren Vale. In 1951 the winery's new owners Edwards and Chaffey renamed it Seaview. ... Learn More
  13. Mollydooker Two Left Feet Shiraz Blend 2020
    The owner of Mollydooker Wines, Sarah Marquis, one of the most decorated winemakers in the world. Two Left Feet is what can happen when you dance after a glass or two of Mollydooker. The seamless blend of Shiraz, Merlot and ... Learn More
  14. Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2019
    "Shiraz from our estate vineyard adopts more of a cooler climate expression than the typical McLaren Vale style thanks to the vineyard’s elevation and cooling night breezes from the nearby Southern Lofty Ranges, but retains concentration and complexity." - ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Stuart Knox
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    Mike Bennie
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    James Suckling
  15. United Cellars Reserve Selection 'Nebbiolo By Primo Estate' 2017
    It makes perfect sense that Primo make a superb Nebbiolo, as Joe Grilli has spent many vintages making wine in Italy, the home of the variety. Lovely lifted aromas of vibrant rosewater, raspberries and sweet cherry. Beautifully balanced noted of ... Learn More
  16. United Cellars Reserve Selection 'Cabernets By Yangarra Estate' 2018
    Comprised of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, 14% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Franc, this is a wine of exceptional complexity, balance & beauty. Incredible lifted perfume of berries, cassis, choc mint and potpourri overlay an appealing earthy undertone. These continue onto a wonderfully ... Learn More
  17. Coriole Estate Shiraz 2019
    The first Coriole Shiraz was bottled in 1970. Coriole Shiraz is 100% Estate grown with the majority of vines approximately 40 years old. A bright, lifted nose with plum, dark cherry and spice. The palate is medium to full bodied with red fruits, ... Learn More
  18. Coriole Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Coriole Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Estate vineyards that are approximately 20-25 years old. Soils are Terra Rossa - red, brown earth over limestone, which have proven to be ideal for growing Cabernet in McLaren Vale. Offering up aromas of ... Learn More
  19. Mitolo Ourea Sagrantino 2019
    Highly Collected wine from one of the leading producers of McLaren Vale. Crunchy red currant and tart blood plum unfold to brambly blackberry flavours, turned earth and charcuterie, all framed by dusty, structural tannins. It is savoury and taut rather ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Angus Hughson
  20. United Cellars Reserve Selection 'Cabernets By Yangarra Estate' 2019
    Comprised of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, 14% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Franc, this is a wine of exceptional complexity, balance & beauty. Incredible lifted perfume of berries, cassis, choc mint and potpourri overlay an appealing earthy undertone. These continue onto a wonderfully ... Learn More
  21. Seaview Edwards and Chaffey Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
    Seaview’s history dates back to the 1850s when George Manning established ‘Hope Farm’ in McLaren Vale. In 1951 the winery's new owners Edwards and Chaffey renamed it Seaview. ... Learn More
  22. Rosemount Estate Traditional 2001
    Rosemount Estate is a wine producer in the Mclaren Vale established in 1971, and until 2014 was the largest family-owned estate in Australia. They made a wide range of wines from Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, as well as several white wines made ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  23. Coriole Shiraz 2005
    The nose is a touch restrained at this stage but will build as the wine evolves over time. Delicately perfumed nose with notes of spice, violets and ripe plum. The palate displaysgenerous ripe fruit flavours which are perfectly balanced by ... Learn More
    Coriole Shiraz 2005
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    Natalie Maclean
  24. Coriole Shiraz 2001
    The 2001 Coriole Shiraz is totally opaque in colour. The nose is a touch restrained at this stage but will build as the wine evolves over time. Delicately perfumed nose with notes of spice, violets and ripe plum. The palate displaysgenerous ... Learn More
    Coriole Shiraz 2001
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  25. Rosemount Estate 'Balmoral' Syrah 1998
    Rosemount Estate is a wine producer in the Mclaren Vale established in 1971, and until 2014 was the largest family-owned estate in Australia. They made a wide range of wines from Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, as well as several white wines made ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Jeremy Oliver
  26. Rosemount Estate 'Balmoral' Syrah 1992
    Rosemount Estate is a wine producer in the Mclaren Vale established in 1971, and until 2014 was the largest family-owned estate in Australia. They made a wide range of wines from Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, as well as several white wines made ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  27. Tatachilla Foundation Shiraz 1996
    "Tatachilla was reborn in 1995 but has had a tumultuous history going back to 1903. Between then and ’61 the winery was owned by Penfolds; it was closed in ’61 and reopened in ’65 as the Southern Vales Co-operative. In the late ’80s it was ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  28. Tatachilla Foundation Shiraz 1997
    "Tatachilla was reborn in 1995 but has had a tumultuous history going back to 1903. Between then and ’61 the winery was owned by Penfolds; it was closed in ’61 and reopened in ’65 as the Southern Vales Co-operative. In the late ’80s it was ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  29. Tatachilla Foundation Shiraz 1998
    "Tatachilla was reborn in 1995 but has had a tumultuous history going back to 1903. Between then and ’61 the winery was owned by Penfolds; it was closed in ’61 and reopened in ’65 as the Southern Vales Co-operative. In the late ’80s it was ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  30. Secret Deal McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018
    The Ancestor shiraz fruit was hand picked from 80 year old vines, gently destemmed & cold soaked on skins for 14 days, fermented slowly for a further 14 days. Giving time to allow slow extraction of colour & silky tannins. This extra time allows the ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Ned Goodwin MW
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    Bob Campbell MW
  31. Koomilya Tempranillo Touriga 2017
    Aromas of blackberry, fruits of the forest, red toffee apple, roast beetroot, smoky paprika and Dutch cocoa. The palate shows red toffee apple and blackberry on entry followed by cocoa and paprika, finishing with Touriga’s signature fruit mince and ... Learn More
  32. Soul Growers Shiraz 2005
    6 Bottle of goodness direct from a private seller ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  33. Rosemount Estate Balmoral Syrah 2002
    Rosemount Estate is a wine producer in the Mclaren Vale established in 1971, and until 2014 was the largest family-owned estate in Australia. They made a wide range of wines from Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, as well as several white wines made ... Learn More
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    Wine Enthusiast
  34. Rosemount Estate 'Balmoral' Syrah 1997
    Rosemount Estate is a wine producer in the Mclaren Vale established in 1971, and until 2014 was the largest family-owned estate in Australia. They made a wide range of wines from Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, as well as several white wines made ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  35. Rosemount Estate 'Balmoral' Syrah 1996
    Rosemount Estate is a wine producer in the Mclaren Vale established in 1971, and until 2014 was the largest family-owned estate in Australia. They made a wide range of wines from Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, as well as several white wines made ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  36. Marius Simpatico Shiraz 2019
    So, sadly, the last release of Marius for all of us, a great endeavour of labour, and passion, that put a smile on the face of so many. Well done Roger Pike. A swansong, and a great legacy of superb, ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  37. Sc Pannell Old Mcdonald Grenache 2020
    100% Grenache Noir from 78-year-old vines from the Hatwell vineyard, Blewitt Springs. Handpicked on 29th February at a Baumé of 14.0 with an intensity of tannin and flavour that we have come to expect from this block. Fermented in an open-top fermenter ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Ned Goodwin MW
  38. Sc Pannell Smart Grenache 2020
    100% Grenache Noir from a 65-year-old, dry-grown, bush-vine vineyard on the edge of Clarendon, farmed by Bernie and Wayne Smart. The fruit was hand-picked on 17th March. Perfect bunches with no shrivel and a Baumé of 13.7. Fermented in an open-top fermenter ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
  39. Sc Pannell Smart Grenache 2019
    100% Grenache from the Smart Vineyard in Clarendon, farmed by Bernie and Wayne Smart. It's a southeast-facing slope at 230m above sea level. Soils are up to 750 million years old, Saddleworth Formation - laminated dark grey and green siltstone. These dry-grown ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Ned Goodwin MW
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Suckling
  40. Sc Pannell Old Mcdonald Grenache 2019
    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
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    James Halliday
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    James Suckling
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