Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Shiraz is a red grape variety. It is the most widely planted variety in Australia and helped put it on the wine map. It is an adaptable grape that has distinctly regional characteristics from elegant, peppery cool climate styles to sweet and chocolatey (McLaren Vale), muscular, and ripe-fruited (Barossa), to savoury and rich (Hunter Valley). Shiraz was one of the first vine varieties to arrive in Australia in 1832 and is grown in most regions. However, its home is in the Barossa Valley where old vines date back to the 1860s.

The classic, truly Australian blend is Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is also blended with Grenache and Mourvedre (GSM) in warmer climates. In recent years it is increasingly being blended with Viognier to create the Shiraz/Viognier blend.

Shiraz's home is in the Northern Rhône's, Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, in France. It is now also grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others.
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. Di Fabio Bush Vine Shiraz 2003
    Di Fabio's McLaren Vale Shiraz vines are over 60 years old and have been carefully hand pruned and picked to create exceptional Bush Vine Shiraz. These grapes were once sold to some of Australia's best wineries but now are exclusive. ... Learn More
  2. 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
  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. 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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  5. Chapel Hill Winemakers Select Shiraz 2012
    Chapel Hill Winemaker’s Selection Shiraz gives exciting aromas of blueberries and plums. ... Learn More
  6. 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
  7. 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
  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 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
  10. 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
  11. 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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    James Halliday
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  12. Ministry Of Clouds Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2019
    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
  13. 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
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  14. Chapel Hill Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2009
    Dark berries, plum, liquorice and chocolate tightly interwoven with savoury tannins result in a superb McLaren Vale Shiraz. Chapel Hill's Shiraz is a must for any Shiraz drinker. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  15. Di Fabio Bush Vine Reserve Shiraz 2005
    Di Fabio's McLaren Vale Shiraz vines are over 60 years old and have been carefully hand pruned and picked to create exceptional Bush Vine Shiraz. These grapes were once sold to some of Australia's best wineries but now are exclusive. ... Learn More
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Rohrlach Mums Block Shiraz 2010
    Made from 100-plus-year-old vines grown by the Rohrlach family ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  20. Mitolo 'Reiver' Shiraz 2010
    Highly Collected wine from one of the leading producers of McLaren Vale, Producing this wine from the Barossa ... Learn More
  21. Wolf Blass Grey Label Shiraz 2010
    McLaren Vale shiraz and a highly polished version of it. Wolf Blass Grey Label has really got its act into gear. - Campbell Mattinson ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    James Halliday
  22. Songlines Estate Shiraz 2006
    A plush, rich, complex and full-bodied palate that features dark fruits, dark chocolate and soft round tannins. The balance between oak and fruit is once again the hallmark of this wine, year in year out. Allowing it to breathe upon ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  23. 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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    Toni Paterson MW
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  24. 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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  25. Yangarra King'S Wood Shiraz 2018
    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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    Huon Hooke
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    Mike Bennie
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    Nick Stock
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  26. Tatachilla Foundation Shiraz 1999
    The top wine (of 217 entries) and trophy winner at the 2002 Visy Board Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  27. Ministry Of Clouds Blewitt Springs Shiraz 2016
    Conceived, planted and nurtured from 1962 onwards on an elevated southeast facing site, the Patritti family’s famed Blewitt Springs Shiraz vineyard is celebrated in this single site wine. A surprisingly cool fruited, but dense and bright expression of Blewitt Springs ... Learn More
  28. Curtis Limited Series Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2016
    Inky dark fruit on the nose with hints of iodine, mulberry, blackberry and dark chocolate- a classic McLaren Vale nose. Then comes lovely oak aromas of dried herbs, graphite, coffee bean and pencil shavings. The palate is round and gutsy, ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  29. Haselgrove 'The Lear' Reserve Shiraz 2014
    Selected from the very best McLaren Vale shiraz blocks in Haselgrove’s portfolio. The wines for this blend are selected from various microclimatic sites around McLaren Vale to craft a wine that is rich, structured and powerful. The wine is ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  30. Hardys 'Eileen Hardy' Shiraz 1992
    This vintage celebrates the merger of Thomas Hardy and the Berri Renmano group, which led to a decade of prosperity. Gold Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 1994 Gold Medal - Hobart Wine Show 1994 ... Learn More
  31. Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 1997
    Fox Creek has a winemaking history that dates back to 1984 when Helen and Dr Jim Watts purchased a 32ha property in McLaren Vale. Winner of the People's Choice Trophy at the Boutique wine Awards in 1998 Gold Medal - Royal Queensland ... Learn More
  32. Mitolo 'G.A.M.' Shiraz 2005
    Highly Collected wine from one of the leading producers of McLaren Vale. ... Learn More
  33. Koomilya Shiraz 2017
    The fruit was hand harvested on 11th March, crushed and sent to fermentation with 16% whole bunch. It spent a total of 10 days on skins in open top fermenters with gentle pumpovers beforebeing pressed off with hard pressings removed. It was ... Learn More
    Koomilya Shiraz 2017
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    Gary Walsh
  34. 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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  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. Pirramimma Warhorse Shiraz 2010
    Drinking until 2040 ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  39. 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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