Mclaren Vale Wine

John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young labourer named Thomas Hardy. In so doing, the foundations were being put in place for two wine dynasties that were to dominate the region for over a century. McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states, and it remains one of the most richly varied and highly developed areas in Australia, producing intensely flavoured and coloured red wines and similarly powerful whites. The region is bordered to the north by the city of Adelaide with Adelaide Hills to the east, Sellicks Hill Range to the south and the Gulf of St Vincent to the west. The landscape though ever changing is nonetheless invariably beautiful, with rivers—notably the Onkaparinga and its tributaries—hills, olive groves and forests all co-existing and confirming yet again the need for the all-important correct site selection. Hitherto it had been difficult to describe the official climate of McLaren Vale, as there was no local weather station and statistical data had to be taken from the Waite Institute, located in a southern suburb of Adelaide some 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) to the north. However, Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Mclaren Vale View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Mclaren Vale View all

  • Mitolo Wines Pty Ltd

    Mitolo Wines is a family owned business, borne of and led by the founder and owner Frank Mitol...

  • Oliverhill Winery

    Oliverhill is a small winery located in McLaren Vale. We, the Miller family, have been here sinc...

  • Mollydooker Wines

    Husband and wife team Sarah and Sparky Marquis are well known for making award winning wines f...

  • Koltz

    Koltz began as a small wine label in 1995 when winemaker Mark Day and Anna Koltunow made their fi...

  • Maxwell Wines

    Since 1979, family owned Maxwell Wines, with its forty acre estate vineyard, has built a reputati...

  • Shirvington

    Welcome to Shirvington. Our aim is to grow grapes that produce super-premium, honest wines with f...

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Mclaren Vale on Snooth

  • Tatachilla Shiraz Mclaren Vale Foundation 2004

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    Top quality Shiraz,loved it! Read More

    Wine review by K276HB


  • Yangarra Estate Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by virumque


  • 2 Up Shiraz 2012

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    2 thumbs up for 2 up, jammy fruit bomb, a little spice, aroma is like cinnamon, brown sugar and allspice. Nice wine for the price Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • I think even you, Fox, are thinking too much within CA. There are ... Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia (Elsewhere $20), for $15, would be tempted to buy a case and lay 9 of them down, drinking 3 now in some partyish context at home, then 3 in 3 years, 3 more in six years then decide what to do with the last 3. Out of the 50 liste... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Wirra Wirra Church Block Mclaren Vale 2012

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    Minty and leathery on the nose with plenty of macerated herbal notes and spicy, peppery dark fruit all topped with hints of sassafras. A bit soft on entry, this is a fairly deep and somewhat earthy wine on the palate. theres a nice early note of dried fruit and vanilla followed by leathery, earthy nuances and cherry pit tones on the palate. Not ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Shoofly Shiraz 2011

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    A very refreshing red thanks to pronounced acidity and mint notes lingering behind a palate of black fruit and earthy tones. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • D'Arenberg White Blend Mclaren Vale the Stump Jump 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ennis1


  • Hesketh Shiraz Mclaren Vale Barossa Usual Suspects 2008

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    enjoyable Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Emark,sorry to be confusing. This winery vinified their 2008 vintage in early ... ... fruit by a winemaker in McLaren Vale, thousands of kilometres sout Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Grange isn't an everyday wine, however, several of Penfold's lesser ... ... Lost Block, Paxton, McLaren Vale, Brockenchack Riesling- now possibly the best quality white wine for the money that will age, although Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne is similar in price and aging potential. With aging these latter 2 wines will become incredibly complex, wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


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