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. 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
  2. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'SANGIOVESE BY PRIMO ESTATE' 2017
    It makes perfect sense that Primo make a superb Sangiovese, as Joe Grilli has spent many vintages making wine in Italy, the home of the variety. Very lifted aromas of vibrant cherries, Turkish delight and a lovely chocolate undertone. Complex ... Learn More
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  3. 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
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  4. ROCKBARE TIDEWAY 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
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  5. 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
  6. BONDAR ‘JUNTO’ GSM 2019
    This wine brings together traditional friends Grenache (50%), Shiraz (45%) and Mataro (5%). Picked by hand, the fruit was gently handled in the winery and aged in old French oak. The Grenache comes from our 50-year old vines, the Shiraz from our 65+ year ... Learn More
  7. YANGARRA 'PF' SHIRAZ 2019
    "The PF Shiraz is made from grapes grown on our certified biodynamic single-estate vineyard, grown without herbicides, fungicides or synthetic chemicals. It is made without additions of any kind: sulphur (preservative), acid, tannin or finings. It's intense, dark and perhaps ... Learn More
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  8. YANGARRA 'NOIR' 2019
    This top value red is just the latest step on winemaker Peter Fraser's march towards recreating his own McLaren Vale examples of the famous bends of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Here old vine Grenache combines with Mourvèdre, Shiraz, Cinsaut, Carignan, and ... Learn More
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  9. YANGARRA 'PF' SHIRAZ 2020
    "The PF Shiraz is made from grapes grown on our certified biodynamic single-estate vineyard, grown without herbicides, fungicides or synthetic chemicals. It is made without additions of any kind: sulphur (preservative), acid, tannin or finings. It's intense, dark and perhaps ... Learn More
  10. SC PANNELL 'FIELD ST' SHIRAZ 2018
    “I love this wine and I love drinking it. It’s been stripped back from the artifice of winemaking to express the purity and breadth of McLaren Vale Shiraz” - Steve Pannell Field St Shiraz is made from the vineyard ... Learn More
  11. 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
  12. CORIOLE SANGIOVESE 2019
    So well suited to the McLaren Vale region and over 40 years of experimenting with the sites, clones and rootstocks has led to this sangiovese being an Australian benchmark. Harvested from our 12 blocks across our 4 McLaren Vale vineyards it is interesting ... Learn More
  13. MOLLYDOOKER THE BOXER SHIRAZ 2019
    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
  14. TWO HANDS ANGELS' SHARE SHIRAZ 2019
    Voluptuous blackberry and plum flavours burst from the glass accompanied by hints of coffee and chocolate. Rich, satisfying and silky smooth, this has all the hallmarks of McLaren Vale Shiraz. Enjoy now or try cellaring over 4-6 years for more ... Learn More
  15. CORIOLE McLAREN VALE NERO D'AVOLA 2019
    "A medium body wine of fragrance and finesse. The grape variety Nero d’Avola was originally grown in southern Sicily and suits warm climates. Coriole produces a fruit forward, early drinking style. This is Coriole’s sixth commercial release. " - ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  16. THE OTHER WINE CO. MCLAREN VALE GRENACHE 2019
    Since day one The Other Wine Co. has championed a modern style of Australian Grenache with brightness, spice and juiciness, drawn from magnificent old vine fruit grown in sandy soils. 2019 is notable for exciting new grower parcels. Three main Blewitt ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  17. SC PANNELL 'BASSO' GARNACHA 2018
    “Lighter, warm climate red wines based on Grenache particularly from McLaren Vale have a growing place on the tables of Australian diners. Youthful, flavoursome wines to make you smile that match where and how we live, and the food we ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  18. SC PANNELL TEMPRANILLO TOURIGA 2017
    Abundant Tempranillo black fruits, plums, cocoa and wet earth overlaid with Touriga National’s pungent fruit mince, jasmine scented florals and nutmeg/cinnamon spices. It is a rich flavoursome, medium-full bodied wine. The palate is long and consistent with integrated ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  19. YANGARRA ESTATE GRENACHE SHIRAZ MOURVEDRE 2017
    A careful blend of 68% Grenache, 26% Shiraz and 6% Mourvèdre - beautifully conveys the traditional estate blends of the southern Rhone. The backbone of the wine comes from old bush vine Grenache planted in 1946. "A bright and fragrant aroma, with spicy ... Learn More
  20. SC PANNELL MONTEPULCIANO 2018
    “Italian giggle juice! This is definitely happy wine and a variety I have great hope for in our warm climate. The wine is an immediate pleasure but given a moment can be contemplative and cerebral. In a way it’s ... Learn More
  21. SC PANNELL 'DEAD END' TEMPRANILLO 2017
    “The fourth release of Dead End Tempranillo from the mildest vintage since 2011; a wine of real presence, complexity and depth with an extra punch of fruit.” - Steve Pannell. Drink Now until 2022. ... Learn More
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  22. YANGARRA ESTATE GRENACHE SHIRAZ MOURVEDRE 2016
    A careful blend of 68% Grenache, 26% Shiraz and 6% Mourvèdre - beautifully conveys the traditional estate blends of the southern Rhone. The backbone of the wine comes from old bush vine Grenache planted in 1946. "A bright and fragrant aroma, with spicy ... Learn More
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  23. YANGARRA ESTATE SHIRAZ 2016
    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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  24. MINISTRY OF CLOUDS MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ 2018
    We hand picked each parcel to preserve freshness and vibrancy, keeping 10% as whole bunches, and 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 ... Learn More
  25. 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
  26. YANGARRA ESTATE SHIRAZ 2018
    "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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    Huon Hooke
  27. 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
  28. 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
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  29. SC PANNELL GRENACHE SHIRAZ TOURIGA 2017
    62% Grenache, 29% Shiraz, 9% Touriga Nacional. Hand-harvested, crushed, and traditionally vinified in small open top fermenters. Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tank, then transferred to large-format French vats for 8 months. “Youthful and vibrant with immediate freshness. Fruit driven and loaded with dark ... Learn More
  30. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'VINO TINTO BY SC PANNELL' 2016
    Made exclusively for United Cellars by the supremely talented Stephen Pannell. 55% Shiraz, 23% Tinta Cao, 22% Touriga Nacional This is a restrained and savoury red wine, driven by its juicy rich blue and purple fruit but framed assertively by the strong, spicy ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  31. YANGARRA OLD VINE GRENACHE 2019
    From bush vines planted in 1946 high on the Estate’s deep sandy soils, the Old Vine Grenache is complex, perfumed and elegant with a trademark tannin structure. Pretty floral aromas and briary bright red fruits. The palate shows lots of ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  32. WIRRA WIRRA 'WOODHENGE' SHIRAZ 2018
    Fruit parcels of typical Woodhenge style were selected: rich generous McLaren Vale Shiraz fruit, with the Wirra Wirra style stamped firmly over it. Gently crushed and destemmed to open top and static fermenters, parcels were tasted twice daily by the ... Learn More
  33. APHELION 'TENDANCE' SHIRAZ 2018
    Tendance Shiraz 2018 is our Aphelion take on the workhorse of McLaren Vale - Shiraz. Tending more Rhone in style, Rob seeks out elegance, aromatics, spice and savouriness. Variety: Shiraz from two bordering vineyards on McMurtrie Road in the heart of ... Learn More
  34. YANGARRA OLD VINE GRENACHE 2018
    From bush vines planted in 1946 high on the Estate’s deep sandy soils, the Old Vine Grenache is complex, perfumed and elegant with a trademark tannin structure. Pretty floral aromas and briary bright red fruits. The palate shows lots of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  35. YANGARRA OLD VINE GRENACHE 2016
    From bush vines planted in 1946 high on the Estate’s deep sandy soils, the Old Vine Grenache is complex, perfumed and elegant with a trademark tannin structure. Pretty floral aromas and briary bright red fruits. The palate shows lots of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  36. 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
  37. SC PANNELL CABERNET MALBEC 2017
    This is the second release of this wine, and is the follow-up to the wine that blew away the competition to win Best Wine of Show at last year's McLaren Vale Wine Show. The Cabernet component comes from Stephen's Koomilya ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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  38. YANGARRA KING'S WOOD SHIRAZ 2017
    This is the inaugural release of the King's Wood Shiraz and it is exceptional. Aromas of red fruit, boysenberry, plums with notes of graphite & cloves - complex and inviting. A beautifully structured wine with vibrant acid and fine tannins supporting ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Toni Paterson MW
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  39. YANGARRA​ 'OVITELLI​'​ ​G​RENACHE​ 2017
    "The name ‘Ovitelli’ is a portmanteau of ‘ovi’ and ‘vitelli’ meaning ‘egg’ and ‘life’ respectively. The Ovitelli Grenache is our most perfumed and elegant Grenache from the sands at Yangarra. The vibrant fruit of the dry-grown 1946 planted bush vines is ... Learn More
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    Toni Paterson MW
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  40. YANGARRA 'SMALL POT WHOLE BUNCH' SHIRAZ 2016
    100% Shiraz. 25% Whole bunch. 18 months maturation in French oak. "Very aromatic with with intense dark fruits and spice. The whole bunches used in the ferment really increase the complexity and tannin structure of this wine. Black and blue fruits are supported ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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