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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  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Mclaren Vale View all

  • Richard Hamilton

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

  • Vina Moda Winery

    A crowning achievement among California’s Boutique Wineries, Vina Moda has created a remarkable b...

  • Shingleback Wine

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

  • RockBare Pty Ltd

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

  • Koltz

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

  • Wineinc Pty Ltd

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

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  • D'Arenberg the Custodian Mclaren Vale 2012

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    Amazing wine for money - talk about QPR in spades. Mdae from old vine Grenache this is loaded with earthy tones, toasty oak tannins, pepper, slight cherry on a medium body that finishs slightly sweet with wonderful acidity. Outstanding - drink now - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Coriole is one of our favourite places to visit. Its situated in McLaren Vale, South Australia. We visited Coriole last weekend and had a fantastic time! We did a wine tasting and enjoyed a local platter. Their fiano and prosecco were my favourites. They are starting to introduce a lot more Italian varieties to the region. The estate has great g... Read More

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  • "If I wanted Sine Qua Non style Hermitage Syrah (Rhone) not from Rhone, I ... Ben Glaetzer of Barossa and McLaren Vale. "  & please understand zero disrespect to Rhone Wines I assure.Writers, Advertisers, Marketing sell wine too.! and loyalists know the difference between marketing and wines deserving the Cult Status and only producing >usuall... Read More

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  • Beresford Chardonnay Mclaren Vale 2013

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    Nicely herbal and slightly hot aromas of green apple and sweet lemon. This is spicy and zesty in the mouth with bold lemon and grapefruit notes, fresh green apple and a hint of tart herbal character towards the finish that has good length and subtle oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Beresford Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2013

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    Dark and creamy with baking spice and black currant aromas and vanilla bean spice on the nose. This is brightly powerful and fruity on entry with explosive ripe cherry and cranberry in the mouth, a touch of herb and a clump of earth coming through the mid palate and good tannic structure on the finish. Refreshing and full flavored selection. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Kangarilla Road Shiraz 'devil's Whiskers' Mclaren Vale 2012

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    Wine review by eaglebass


  • Imprimata Grenache Mclaren Vale South Australia 2012

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    Mostly this gives off red berry fruits, pepper - interestingly both black & white - cardamom, a silky smooth balanced tannin to acid finish that is both long and mouthwatering. I've not knowingly had a wine from either contributing producer, but if this is an example and BUY!!! It's ready - drink now and drink alot. Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Imprimata Grenache Mclaren Vale South Australia 2012

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    Wine review by khovey


  • Imprimata Grenache Mclaren Vale South Australia 2012

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    Wine review by khovey


  • Imprimata Grenache Mclaren Vale South Australia 2012

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    Wine review by khovey


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