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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  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Shingleback Wine

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

  • Pirramimma Winery

    Pirramimma was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 and has been owned and operated by ...

  • Mitolo Wines Pty Ltd

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

  • Shirvington

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

  • Coriole Pty Ltd

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

  • Oliverhill Winery

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

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Mclaren Vale on Snooth

  • 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


  • GregDean is a good bloke and yes does make some good wineUnfortunately history ... Valley - Shiraz and RieslingMcLaren Vale - ShirazClare Valley - Shiraz and RieslingCoonawarra - Cabernet SauvignonAdelaide Hills - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon BlancPLus the Riverland which is our Bulk Wine regionWA has Margaret river which is Cabernet a... Read More

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  • Well favourite Daughters 21st went with out too much troubleThe Sangria was ... ... The Dead Arm SHiraz - McLaren Vale2013 St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra2012 Wynns Black Label Cab Sav Coonawarra2012 Saltrams No 1 SHiraz Barossa Valley2008 Penfolds St Henri Shirazand possibly a few others but by 3.30am it was a bit fuzzy &nbs Read More

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  • Haven't seen Cascabel for a while - some of the wineries are doing export ... ... was a pioneer in the McLaren Vale region.  They make a really good quaffable in their d'Arrays Original which is a grenache blendYalumba are a great family business - now moving to 5th generation Barossans.  They have forged a lot of global relationships with fa... Read More

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  • Clarendon Hills make awesome wines but they are in the Napa CS price range, ... Northern [sort off] end of McLaren Vale and his Grenache is excellent, 2006 was unusual, weather conditions suggested an excellent vintage but for some reason there was many pockets of dissappointment to go with some outstanding wines.McWilliams are a great company... Read More

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  • VinovinoAny standout as interesting from your perspectiveI quite like the ... ... is an honest expression of McLaren Vale ShirazPenfolds Koonunga Hill has been regarded as one of the most consistent and easy to drink everyday quaffers.  It is a good entry level example of what you can expect as you go further up the Penfolds chainIf you get a ... Read More

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  • Stephen, just checked my spreadsheet and filtered on "Australia", ... ... BlancShingleback Shiraz McLaren ValeBlackwing ShirazTerra Barossa ShirazHedonist RoseWolf Blass Yellow Label ChardonnayYalumba Viognier The Y Seri Read More

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