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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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"...

Popular Wineries in Mclaren Vale View all

  • Koltz

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

  • Mitolo Wines Pty Ltd

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

  • Mollydooker Wines

    Husband and wife team Sarah and Sparky Marquis are well known for making award winning wines f...

  • Darenberg

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

  • 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...

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Mclaren Vale on Snooth

  • D'Arenberg d'Arry'S Shiraz Grenache 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Mollydooker Two Left Feet 2011


    My Rating: 92: very full bodied and silky smooth wine with complex aromas and a long multi layered nose. A real suprise Read More

    Wine review by Wolle

  • Mollydooker Shiraz Mclaren Vale Blue Eyed Boy 2010


    Intense smokey meat flavors on the nose. Jammy, rich plum flavors on the palate. Fantastic wine. Read More

    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Footbolt 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by mk2000

  • Two Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Sexy Beast Mclaren Vale 2011


    Beefy and tight on the nose with a hint of cracked pepper accenting a slightly minty core of clear if small black fruit framed with coffee and lightly medicinal aromas. Ripe and rich in the mouth with lots of bright black fruit and nuanced sour plum, bitter chocolate and floral accent notes. There are some hard tannins here underpinning it all, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Red Knot Chardonnay 2011


    A bit meaty on the nose, though rather fresh and bright with black fruit, soil, cracked pepper and grilled meaty aromas. Smooth and larger scaled in the mouth, the flavors here are simple but attractive combination of black currant and wood spice with a hint of leather and earth joining in. This is moderately rich but at the same time it offers ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Red Knot Chardonnay 2011


    Spicy on the nose with notes of black peppery married to spicy oak and resin framed plummy fruit. fairly full on entry and well balanced with some aggressive woody notes early on the palate followed by a mouthful of spicy and slightly jammy blueberry and strawberry fruit. Theres some gentle tannin here and plenty of spiking acidity keeping thing... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Wirra Wirra Church Block Mclaren Vale 2010


    Shiraz 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 32%, Merlot 18%Darkly oily and cedary on the nose with the penetrating perfumes of a spice shop. There are some fascinating things going on on the nose which offer a complex layering of spice, herb, dried berry fruit and wood spice aromas. On entry this is round, friendly and almost lush with fine acidity and stiff... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Shingleback Shiraz the Davey Estate 2011


    Dark with Dried cherry and plummy fruits on the nose this has a bit of a caramel, coffee and vanilla cast to it with hints of earth and pepper playing supporting roles. Lighter on the palate than the nose suggests with plenty of fresh red berry fruit here, a touch tart and with some dry tannins adding to the slightly austere structural impressio... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Wirra Wirra Shiraz Catapult 2010


    Deep and jammy on the nose with streaks of chocolate, toast, white pepper, fine herbs and earth running through the core of plum, dried cherry and strawberry fruit. Opulent and lush on entry, theres an early flush of strawberry fruit here followed by rich, chocolaty plum and cherry notes. This is a polished and plush wine, a bit ponderous in so... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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