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

  • 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...

  • Grenache

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

  • 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

  • Hugo Wines Pty Ltd

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

  • Mitolo Wines Pty Ltd

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

  • Shingleback Wine

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

  • Yangarra Estate Vineyard

    Yangarra is an aboriginal word meaning "from the earth." All of our wines are grown on our sing...

  • Pirramimma Winery

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

  • Darenberg

    d’Arenberg has developed an enviable reputation with their range of idiosyncratic wines. From ...

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Mclaren Vale on Snooth

  • 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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  • I have actually missed not being on the Snooth forums for some years, not sure ... ... Valley and 45 mins from McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills is on my doorstep.As an interesting intro back into the forum world, my daughter has just turned 21 and we have her party in 3 and a bit weeks.  It seems that Pinot Gris/Grigio has become a favouri... Read More

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  • Angove Valley Family Crest Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    too cloying... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Woodstock Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Stocks 2013

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    very rich, with plums, cherries, spices, chocolate and coffee. great wine! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Woodstock Little Miss Collett Moscato 2015

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    light, sweet, refreshing Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Woodstock Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2013

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    structured, oaky, dry Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Woodstock Mclaren Vale the Octogenarian 2013

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    young, with a lot of cherry fruits Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Woodstock Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Stocks 2012

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    structured, and rich with cherries and plums! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


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