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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Mclaren Vale View all

  • Scarpantoni Estates

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

  • Richard Hamilton

    Nestled amongst the vineyards with magnificent views to the Willunga escarpment, Leconfield McLar...

  • Hugo Wines Pty Ltd

    Hugo Wines is situated in the McLaren Vale wine region which continues to build on its reputation...

  • Coriole Pty Ltd

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

  • RockBare Pty Ltd

    "When I started RockBare, my goal was to make pure and intense wines, using only varieties that ...

  • Oliverhill Winery

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

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  • Meat-and-potatoes meal with well-suited wine The wine:2014 Angove Willunga McLaren Vale shiraz, gifted by importer. Small crop, dry-farmed, basket pressed. 14.5%.Interesting. Large, fairly intense, plenty of fruit, some oak, but well finessed rather than fruit bombed. Lots of plum, a little chocolate, silky tannins. Had thrown some sediment. Ope... Read More

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  • Stephen hasn't shown here in awhile, but would be curious about his ... 1999 McLaren Vale Grenache Vintage Port 500ml  |  7 in stock  |  $59.99 Penfolds 1998 South Australia Grange  |  4 in stock  |  $349.99 Penfolds 2001 South Australia Grange  |  3 in stock  |  $349.99 Penny's Hill 1998 McLaren Vale Vintage Fortified Shiraz 500ml  |  4 in sto... Read More

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  • D'Arenberg d'Arrys Original Shiraz/Grenache 2013

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    Blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Grenache. The nose and appearance is mostly Syrah as is the palate though softened by the Grenache. Taste is of black and blue fruit with tart acid and a peppery finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • V - Glad you enjoyed it  - I have had quite few of their Shirazes but ... ... pinot - will look out for itMcLaren Vale not overly known for Pinot but I suspect it may come from the Foothills region of MVHope to see you in Oz sometime so Read More

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  • Stephen, Oz is definitely on our to do list, just not sure when. In the ... ... the meantime we enjoyed this McLaren Vale pinot last night with dinner, somewhere between the rich dark cherry of Russian River and the bright red cherry of Willamett Read More

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  • Lets start with Friday - after a less than fun week at workCaught up with ... ... ... Tasmanian Chardonnay15 McLaren Vale Grenache15 Mclaren Vale Shiraz14 SIngle Block ShirazAll excellent wines my preferences was the Chardonnay which more Chablis Style and the acid was nicely intergrated into the fruit no Malo, followed by the Grenache which ... Read More

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  • Well lets me give you the run downWe abandoned the Pol for an Ayala Brut Majeur ... the Chook Block Shiraz from McLaren Vale [Chook is Aussie colloquial for Chicken] which is a single vineyard wine made in extra good years - the 2002 was a really great year mild by our standards which meant very elegant long lasting wines they only made 250 doz... Read More

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  • Hunter gets the direct impact of monsoonal stuffSouth Australia - Barossa/Mclaren Vale and Clare has been just some untimely heavy falls around critical ripening periods for reds resulting in damage to fruit as well as bad disease conditionsThis has not been helped by lower than usual temperatures which in absence of the rain would have been gre... Read More

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  • Dandelion Vineyards Lioness of Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2014

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    nose of dark fruits, inky; initial spiced attack to bright red cherries, maple and chocolates. nice! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Kilikanoon Shiraz Parable 2003

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    nose of mint, cool limestone; strong blackberry flavors and some spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


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