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

  • 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

  • Vina Moda Winery

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

  • Kangarilla Road Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Château Reynella

    Kelly’s Revenge is perfect at the end of a long day. This great new range of Australian wines is ...

  • Maxwell Wines

    Since 1979, family owned Maxwell Wines, with its forty acre estate vineyard, has built a reputati...

  • Wineinc Pty Ltd

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

  • 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

  • D'Arenberg the Stump Jump Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Mclaren Vale 2011

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    A very pure expression of this popular wine. All three varieties play an important role in the wines overall perception.The Shiraz offers dark plum fruits, mulberries and licorice with plenty of concentration, depth and velvety tannin.The Grenache adds a lovely lusciousness to the wine with raspberry, blueberry and floral notes adding prettiness... Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS


  • Red Knot Chardonnay 2011

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    Rich cherry and oak aroma with berry and soft vanilla notes. The flavor is full of fruit and berry, oak and hints of vanilla. Very peppery. Decanting would be very beneficial for this wine. Great wine, great price. I paid $10.99. I'll definitely buy it again. Read More

    Wine review by DignifiedWineaux


  • Yellowtail Shiraz 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by DBrooks360


  • Oliver's Taranga Fiano 2012

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    AUD$24. This wine has a clear, light straw-golden colour. Aromatically, one could be fooled into thinking it was a Chardonnay. It has aromas of lemon/lime citrus, raw cashew nut and strikingly fresh minerality. The latter is more prominent compared to typical Chardonnays, and of course there is the absence of any oak influence. Rich flavours of ... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


  • Red Knot Chardonnay 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Kasios Prime


  • In a previous posting, I had shared some of the white Rhone-styled wines ... ... ... District for NSW, and McLaren Vale, Barossa and Eden Valleys for SA. There was a physical limit for my tastebuds on the day, so by no means are my listings comprehensive. The wines cover a range of price, mid $20ish to high end. Pick of the crop, the Torbreck... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Australia' take on red Rhones


  • Mollydooker Shiraz the Boxer 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by labutler


  • Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz Premier 2009

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    Rich berries, very nice and typical, smooth, high alcohol, sediment . Read More

    Wine review by wcorih


  • Being one of the largest privately owned winery, Scotchman’s Hill is one ... ... other Australian states (McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, Mornington Peninsula), and even into New Zealand (Marlborough). Since they are a Victorian winery, I’ll focus on their ‘local’ wines from the Scotchman’s Hill label. Astute readers will know that... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Australia's Bellarine...


  • Redheads Studio Shiraz Mclaren Vale Barrel Monkeys 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by tjl1974


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