Yarra Valley, McLaren Vale

The Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne. The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.

Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world winemakers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production.

The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
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. Zilzie 'Yarra Valley' Chardonnay 2019
    The Zilzie Regional Collection showcases textbook examples of varietal & regional expressions whilst being excellent value for money. This delicious chardonnay exhibits typically Yarra Valley aromas of citrus, peach and nectarine with subtle vanillin and barrel fermentation characters. The palate shows ... Learn More
  2. Tread Softly Premium Pinot Noir 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Summary: Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, intensely flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had ... Learn More
  3. Little Giants Grenache 2020
    The southern hairy-nose wombat is small than other wombat but is stocky, robust and the proud state emblem of South Australia. Like the might of the little wombat, Little Giant iis crafted from premium regional fruit from established vineyards that ... Learn More
  4. The Hare And The Tortoise Pinot Noir 2020
    Finding quality Pinot Noir under $20 can prove a difficult task - so imagine our excitement when this gem arrived in the hands of our tasting panel! Lifted, pretty nose displaying typical Yarra Valley Pinot characters. Pretty fruit, with a hint ... Learn More
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  5. Marquis Philips Gg Grenache 2008
    The 2008 Grenache was sourced from 30-60 year old, low yielding vines. It was aged for 12 months in predominantly seasoned French and American oak. Marquis Philips is a collaboration between American Dan Philips and Australian winemakers to make the most delicious, ... Learn More
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  6. Maximus 'Emperor Series' Centenarian Grenache 2013
    The Emperor Series is a range of old single vineyard wines that showcase structure, concentration and power. ... Learn More
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  7. Maximus 'Emperor Series' Centenarian Grenache 2012
    The Emperor Series is a range of old single vineyard wines that showcase structure, concentration and power. ... Learn More
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  9. Sticks Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Classic aromas of blackcurrant, plum and raspberry leaf, cigar box and freshly turned earth. Elegant, fine and long. An explosion of summer fruits and complex earthy notes suggesting a long future. The grapes were destemmed, crushed and fermented slowly for 2 ... Learn More
  10. Airlie Bank Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    A fairly vigorous fruit thinning was called for in 2019, with about 20% of the crop removed. The remaining fruit was picked early from Block 10 on the Napoleone vineyard, just before maturity. Pressed hard, then fermented warm on full solids in old ... Learn More
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  11. 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
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  12. The Hare And The Tortoise Pinot Noir 2019
    Finding quality Pinot Noir under $20 can prove a difficult task - so imagine our excitement when this gem arrived in the hands of our tasting panel! Lifted, pretty nose displaying typical Yarra Valley Pinot characters. Pretty fruit, with a hint ... Learn More
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  13. Mr Riggs Sticky End 2018 (375ml)
    An Italian-passito-style botrytis wine, it was crafted using hand-picked Viognier grapes that were late harvested and allowed to dry out for 3 weeks. It was fermented in French oak barrels (20% new) for six months, resulting in a beautiful bright golden colour. ... Learn More
  14. Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay 2020
    Hoddles Creek Estate is located in the Upper Yarra, which is higher, cooler and more marginal than the lower Yarra. Aromas of grapefruit, almond meal, white rice, a slight fresh mint perfume, and some lemon zest. Tight and tangy, but ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  15. Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2020
    A medium bodied palate with vibrant cherry and plum flavours. Hints of spice and oak. Cherry and plum aromas, with light smokiness, spice and floral notes. So much drinking pleasure to be had in this bright fruited Pinot Noir! Buy ... Learn More
  16. Punt Road Chardonnay 2020
    Yarra Valley Chardonnay done very well under the watch of Punt Road's Tim Shand. This is such an exceptional Chardonnay at the price - fruit quality, balance, refreshment and extraordinary length of flavour. Notes of lime pith and stone fruit. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  17. 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
  18. Tread Softly Yarra Valley Premium Chardonnay 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, freshly flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had a ... Learn More
  19. Tread Softly Yarra Valley Premium Rose 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, freshly flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had a ... Learn More
  20. Punt Road Chardonnay 2019
    Yarra Valley Chardonnay done very well under the watch of Punt Road's Tim Shand. This is such an exceptional Chardonnay at the price - fruit quality, balance, refreshment and extraordinary length of flavour. Notes of lime pith and stone fruit. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Airlie Bank Cuvee Sparkling Nv
    An everyday drinking style, fresh and vibrant with a focused palate of apple blossom and citrus characters with complex brioche notes. Aromas of citrus fruits and subtle apricot, complemented by a doughy, bready complexity. A blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  24. 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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    Toni Paterson MW
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  25. Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache Rose 2019
    Grenache is Australia’s signature grape variety and we’re slightly obsessed with it. Our first Rosé is sourced from an old, single vineyard in Berri. Beautifully pale, salmon pink with delicate aromatics and lovely texture, it lives up to ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    Nick Butler
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  26. 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
  27. Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Noir 2020
    Hoddles Creek Estate was established in 1997 when the D'Anna family decided to establish a vineyard on the property that has been in the family since 1960. The vineyard sits astride Gembrook road and adjacent Hoddles Creek. Strawberry and spice, almond, mint ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  28. 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
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  29. Nunc Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    This newly-minted Yarra Valley label is sourced and crafted by Arfion and Salo maestro Dave Mackintosh. The name is taken from the famous line by Latin poet Horace: “Nunc est bibendum” (“Now is the time for drinking”). And that's exactly ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  30. 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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  31. Arfion Pinot Grigio 2020
    In the Yarra Valley, our soils produce a style of wine that naturally sits between the styles of our old world counterparts of Italy and France. We call this wine Pinot grigio because it’s dry with an acid backbone ... Learn More
  32. Serafino Mclaren Vale GSM 2019
    Serafino black label wines are selected from our estate grown individual vineyard blocks in McLaren Vale. McLaren Vale has a diverse mix of soil types and vineyard orientation that enhance the complexity of Serafino Wines. Distinctive varietal and regional characters ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  33. Oakridge Yarra Valley Rose 2019
    Aromas of red cherry, strawberry with notes of pink grapfruit and a flick gun flint reduction. The palate is dry yet has soft and textural, juicy red fruit flavours are intwined with creamy textural notes all driven by a fresh ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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    Campbell Mattinson
  34. Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache Rose 2020
    Grenache is Australia’s signature grape variety and we’re slightly obsessed with it. Our second ever Rosé is sourced from an old, single vineyard in Berri. Beautifully pale, salmon pink with delicate aromatics and lovely texture, it lives up ... Learn More
  35. Chapel Hill Winemakers Select Shiraz 2012
    Chapel Hill Winemaker’s Selection Shiraz gives exciting aromas of blueberries and plums. ... Learn More
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  36. Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache 2020
    Sourced from a number of old vineyards in the Riverland and McLaren Vale, some of which are dry grown bush vines. All vineyards are vinified in small batches, separately. Wild ferments, whole bunch inclusion, larger oak and no filtration or ... Learn More
  37. Yangarra Rose 2020
    The Rose is made from grapes grown on certified biodynamic single-estate vineyard, grown without herbicides, fungicides or synthetic chemicals. Crafted in the "Saignée" or "Bleeding" method, this wine exudes lush red fruits like cherries, raspberry and strawberry. Palate: Ripe ... Learn More
    Yangarra Rose 2020
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  38. 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
    Yangarra 'Noir' 2019
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    James Halliday
  39. Yangarra 'Blanc' 2020
    Blanc is the result of years of research and quarantine of the best white varieties we can find amongst the ancient north-west Mediterranean vine types. The fact that these Châteauneuf varieties have been successfully blended for so many years ... Learn More
  40. Oliver'S Taranga Vermentino 2020
    A native of Italy, Vermentino is generating a lot of interest in the wine community due to its heat tolerance and ability to produce beautiful crisp and fresh wines, perfect for the Australian palate. This minimal intervention Vermentino is made ... Learn More
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    Stuart Knox
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    James Suckling
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