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. D'ARENBERG THE STUMP JUMP CABERNET SAUVIGNON MERLOT 2017
    From one of the most iconic wines in McLaren Vale, the value this wine delivers for the money is incredible. A juicy, vibrant wine, packed with blackcurrant and cassis characters typical of Cabernet Sauvignon. These dark fruit notes are laced ... Learn More
  2. D'ARENBERG THE STUMP JUMP SHIRAZ 2017
    From one of the most iconic wines in McLaren Vale, the value this wine delivers for the money is incredible. Intense, rich raspberry, cherry & blackberry fruit aromas, backed with a distinctive herbal, peppery streak. Finishes with a mineral-graphite edge that ... Learn More
  3. SC PANNELL 'DEAD END' TEMPRANILLO 2016
    A cracking Tempranillo from the multi-award winning & AUS Winemaker of the Year 2015, Steven Pannell. A plush, light to medium bodied, juicy, but tannic wine, highly perfumed with sweet black cherries & exotic spices. A wine of real presence, complexity and depth ... Learn More
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    Michael Cooper
  4. PIRRAMIMMA "STOCKS HILL" GSM 2016
    The bouquet reveals aromas of raspberry, blackberry, spicy plum, toffee apple, and subtle pomegranate & pepper nuances. These lovely fragrances are followed by a rich & intense palate showcasing ripe red cherries, spicy mulberries, chocolate and Christmas pudding. A beautifully balanced wine, ... Learn More
  5. HEDONIST CABERNET 2016
    A cracking Cabernet Sauvignon from the Willunga foothills of the McLaren Vale, from a wine maker dedicated to sustainable & biodynamic practices. Matured for 18 months in French and American oak barrels, loaded with flavours of plum and blackcurrant, wrapped up in ... Learn More
    HEDONIST CABERNET 2016
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    Raymond Chan
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  6. THREE DARK HORSES 'FRANK ERNEST' SHIRAZ 2016
    Extremely limited- only 5 dozen imported into NZ! From the famous Renmano vineyard & referred to by James Halliday as "Quite simply, a lovely wine". A luscious aroma of red rose potpourri, sugar plum and sultana richness, with a palate full of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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