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. 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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  2. 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
  3. SC PANNELL 'FIELD ST' SHIRAZ 2016
    Field St Shiraz is made from the vineyard that surrounds S.C. Pannell's McLaren Vale winery. Much of the site was planted in 1970. “I love this wine and I love drinking it. It's been stripped back from the artifice of ... Learn More
  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. KOOMILYA CABERNET SHIRAZ 2015
    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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    Gary Walsh
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  9. KOOMILYA SHIRAZ 2015
    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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    Jamie Goode
  10. 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
  11. HICKINBOTHAM CLARENDON VINEYARD 'BROOKS ROAD' SHIRAZ 2016
    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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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Huon Hooke
  12. 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
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  13. YANGARRA IRONHEART SHIRAZ 2014
    Yangarra Estate is a biodynamic wine farm in the McLaren Vale region in South Australia. The Yangarra philosophy centres around producing wines solely from our single-vineyard estate, where our bush-vine Grenache is the keystone variety. The Ironheart is Yangarra's premium ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Huon Hooke
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    James Suckling
  14. 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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  15. 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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    Huon Hooke
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    James Halliday
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  16. KOOMILYA DC BLOCK SHIRAZ 2015
    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
  17. 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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  18. UC SELECTION YANGARRA 2018 DOZEN

    United Cellars are proud to be able to work closely with some of Australia's best winemakers to share with our customers the best that that our country has on offer . With these 2 wines, we have partnered with Peter Fraser ... Learn More

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