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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Grenache

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Shirvington

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

  • Shingleback Wine

    The McLaren Vale region is located 45 minutes south of Adelaide, the capital city of South Austra...

  • Wineinc Pty Ltd

    The Melbourne Wine Show is arguably the most important wine show for one year old red wine in Aus...

  • Scarpantoni Estates

    The Scarpantoni family originates from the Abruzzi region of central Italy on the Adriatic coast....

  • Mitolo Wines Pty Ltd

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

  • Coriole Pty Ltd

    Winemaking at Coriole is a very traditional process. Red wines are mainly open fermented in stain...

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  • Mark, sounds like an interesting take on syrah, we're going to do a syrah ... Croze-Hermitage, a '12 McLaren Vale (Shingleback) and whatever our friends bring over. Should be an interesting evening.OT, Nouveau zin, really? You know me, I'm always open to trying something different but I have some reservations about that on Read More

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  • D'Arenberg the Stump Jump Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


    Don't bother. A wine that leans in no direction. Some might call it "balanced." I call it inconclusive and thin. Read More

    Wine review by tom Ahern

  • Penney's Hill Red Dot Big Block Mclaren Vale Australia Shiraz 2013


    wonderful Shiraz, so delightful and smooth and oaked very well allowing one to fight the urge to stop at one glass/bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Oliverhill Jimmy Section Shiraz 2012


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    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Aramis Shiraz Mclaren Vale Black Label 2003


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    Wine review by jtfluitt

  • Red Knot Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2007


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    Wine review by jtfluitt

  • Red Heads Studio Yard Dog Red 2011


    So fruit forward, it tasted like grape juice. No structure/backbone. Perfect for someone who is just learning to appreciate wine. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Flegenheimer Bros. Paisant Red Grenache/Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2013


    A wonderful grenache. the hint of shiraz only makes it smoother. not sweet not to tart and aged very nicely. the talk about the vineyards roots detracted from the better discussion spent on why and where it is grown in Australia. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2008


    Very nice. Full bodied, nice nose and very smooth Read More

    Wine review by Chrisbike7

  • Trackers Crossing Chardonnay 2009


    In the glass this Chardonnay was a light yellow (straw-colored). In the bouquet I smelled lots of citrus, some pineapple and hints of spice. It was what I would consider a medium-bodied white. Flavors for me were honey, pineapple, a touch of guava, light citrus notes, generous oak, some hints of spice, and a bite of bitter melon on the finish... Read More

    Wine review by RDDEES

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