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"...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Mclaren Vale View all

  • 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...

  • Hugo Wines Pty Ltd

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

  • Coriole Pty Ltd

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

  • Samuel's Gorge

    Samuel's Gorge is a mosaic of dreams, with one principal philosophy, that of place. Gondwana's d...

  • Koltz

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

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Mclaren Vale on Snooth

  • D'Arenberg White Blend Mclaren Vale the Stump Jump 2011

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    Wine review by Ennis1


  • D'Arenberg Shiraz Blend Mclaren Vale the Laughing Magpie Shiraz-Viognier 2009

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    Nice floral notes from the viognier and ripe fruit from the shiraz. Fruit forward without being jammy. Pleasing bit of acidity and soft tannins. Move over C-R. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Hesketh Shiraz Mclaren Vale Barossa Usual Suspects 2008

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    Wine review by calywa


  • Emark,sorry to be confusing. This winery vinified their 2008 vintage in early ... ... fruit by a winemaker in McLaren Vale, thousands of kilometres sout Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Australian Chardonnay - More...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • 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


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