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"...

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Popular Wineries in Mclaren Vale View all

  • Wineinc Pty Ltd

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

  • Kangarilla Road Vineyard & Winery

    Kangarilla Road Vineyard & Winery is based in McLaren Vale South Australia. It was established by...

  • Yangarra Estate Vineyard

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

  • Darenberg

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

  • Coriole Pty Ltd

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

  • Shingleback Wine

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

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  • Grange isn't an everyday wine, however, several of Penfold's lesser ... ... Lost Block, Paxton, McLaren Vale, Brockenchack Riesling- now possibly the best quality white wine for the money that will age, although Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne is similar in price and aging potential. With aging these latter 2 wines will become incredibly complex, wi... Read More

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  • DMCKER,there are a couple of Steven Harvey's in Australia, however I ... ... Pinot Noir, Chardonnay et al,Mclaren Vale reds, Margaret River Cabernet/Merlot, Chardonnay and SSB, Great Southern, Riesling,Chardonnay,Pinot Noir, Tasmanian Sparkling, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay So you better stay for several weeks! (Or come back several times ... Read More

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  • I am another Aussie and I think you may have drunk your Leeuwin too young, or ... Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale, and a 2 to 3 day trip to Coonawarra, then to Melbourne and day trips to the Yarra, Mornington Peninsula,Geelong, then a several day trip to Rutherglen, the Alpine Valleys, then fly to Canberra, and a few days tasting ther... Read More

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  • Good idea FoxHad a few Syrah's at a CT dinner last night. An '07 Cayuse ... Esther Block.Also had a 2003 McLaren Vale Savitar Mitilo that was good, but kind of forgettable. Syrah isn't really one of my favorites yet, though it usually proves nice and reliable, especially with meats of cours Read More

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  • Nottage Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz. Hardys 2011


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    Wine review by mark

  • D'Arenberg Vintage Fortified Shiraz 2003


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    Wine review by puhnner

  • Coriole Cabernet Sauvignon Mclaren Vale Redstone 1996


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    Wine review by mark

  • The Stump Jump Shiraz 2011


    Somewhat restrained nose with lots of spice and pepper, leather, game/charred meat, some element of freshness. Lots of going on for a wine at this price point. More fruit forward on the palate with lots of plum fruit and more spice. Some dry salty minerality. Very bright with lots of acid and moderately long length. Maybe just a touch hot. Great... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Red Knot 'Zork' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


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    Wine review by 112621nickwilkin 112621 nickwilkin

  • D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Footbolt 2011


    Nicely done! Pure dark berry aromas, hints of exotic spices and chewy tannins all add up to a wonderful mouthful of wine.93pts Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt

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