Adelaide Hills

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Adelaide Hills
Latitude
Altitude
400-500m
Growing Season Rainfall
310mm
Mean January Temperature
19.1°C
Harvest
Mid March to late April
Wineries
100
Website
Cracka Rating 0

About Adelaide Hills

The picturesque Adelaide Hills wine region runs along the top of the Mount Lofty Ranges from Mount Pleasant in the north to Mount Compass in the south. It is a cool climate region driven by altitudes of 350-700 metres above sea level. The focus is on premium styles of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wine. They show vibrant character, elegance and fresh natural acidity. The Adelaide Hills is leading the charge for chardonnay in South Australia. Impressive, modern chardonnay styles show bright citrus fruit with subtle oak integration, complexity and minerality. Sauvignon blanc makes zesty wines of passionfruit and tropicals, while sensuous pinot noir is coming into its own. Sparkling wine styles range from fresh and fruit driven, to complex and creamy. Bigger reds like shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc ripen successfully on the warmer sites. Hills growers are also having success with tempranillo, nebbiolo, sangiovese, arneis, and gruner veltliner. The Adelaide Hills is home to over 50 wine producers. 3,700 ha of vineyard rise and fall through the twisting valleys of the range in multiple pockets of soil and aspect. The great diversity of terroir includes grey and brown loams, weathered schists, skeletal quartzites, sandstones and podsols. Lenswood and Piccadilly Valley are recognised sub regions. Reaching 727 metres at the summit, the Mount Lofty Ranges stretch for over 300km from Cape Jervis at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula to Peterborough in the north of the state. The lush green vines and candlebark eucalypts of the Adelaide Hills are an easy 20min from Adelaide CBD, with lots of gorgeous picnic spots along the way.

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2013 Mystery Premium Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Mystery Premium Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Righto, so you know this winery - they're a well known name. Famous even. And this Sauvignon Blanc is the sort of crisp, intensely flavoured white that made them famous! Lively passionfruit and gooseberrry aromatics on a palate that is so intense ...

Cracka rating90
Region: Adelaide Hills
2009 Griffin Wines Adelaide Hills Shiraz

2009 Griffin Wines Adelaide Hills Shiraz

Traditionally made, Adelaide Hills Shiraz. Basket pressed into French oak barrels, this elegant, balanced Shiraz combines dark fruit characteristics, chocolate and white pepper, fine tannins and good length, to delivering a fine, savoury example o...

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2013 Griffin Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Griffin Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

This fragrant savvy, hailing from the Adelaide Hills, has plenty of fresh fruit on the nose, apples and passionfruit, with a gorgeous floral lift. Juicy, mouth-watering acid fills out the palate, finely interwoven with a balanced textural finish.

Cracka rating70
Region: Adelaide Hills
2013 Shaw and Smith Shiraz

2013 Shaw and Smith Shiraz

A winery partnership that began over a long lunch? That's the kind of partnership we at Cracka can really get behind. Back in 1989 cousins martin Shaw & Michael Hill Smith decided to make make some wine together and have quickly become a benchmark...

Cracka rating100
Region: Adelaide Hills
2012 Griffin Wines Adelaide Hills Shiraz

2012 Griffin Wines Adelaide Hills Shiraz

Traditionally made, Adelaide Hills Shiraz. Basket pressed into French oak barrels, this elegant, balanced Shiraz combines dark fruit characteristics, chocolate and white pepper, fine tannins and good length, to delivering a fine, savoury example o...

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2015 Bleasdale Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris

2015 Bleasdale Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris

This is a pretty nifty little PG that is great value, and it's adorned with a bit of gold bling from some wine shows. It's a lighter-bodied, subtle style of wine that has seen a touch of oak, and displays typical gris nashi pears, apples and ginge...

Cracka rating100
Region: Adelaide Hills
2014 Longview Boat Shed Nebbiolo Rose

2014 Longview Boat Shed Nebbiolo Rose

The folk at Longview are proudly Italian and wear their heritage on their sleeve. Which means when it came to making a Rosé they chose the Italian native Nebbiolo. The resultant wine is the kind of thirst-quenching pink style you need with a heavi...

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2010 Henschke Lenswood Abbotts Prayer Merlot Cabernet

2010 Henschke Lenswood Abbotts Prayer Merlot Cabernet

Smells of red fruits, plums, and licks of dried herbs and earthy spice waft out of the glass, whilst the palate is graceful and juicy, with a spiced plum centre, fine, dusty tannins, and a smooth, slinky finish.Try it with some braised beef short ...

Cracka rating90
Region: Adelaide Hills
2015 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc

This is arguably Australia’s greatest Sauvignon Blanc and Shaw and Smith have consistently managed to re-create it every vintage to show that the Adelaide Hills is one of the best places to grow Sauvignon. It zings with passionfruit and citrus and...

Cracka rating90
Region: Adelaide Hills
2010 Penfolds Bin 23 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir

2010 Penfolds Bin 23 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir

In typical Penfolds style, this is a butch, brash pinot noir that takes no prisoners. Super-ripe strawberries, florals and baked spices fill the nostrils, whilst the palate is quite ripe but soft, with fleshy red berry and cherry flavours, generou...

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2012 Longview Yakka Shiraz

2012 Longview Yakka Shiraz

The Yakka picked up Gold at this years Sydney wine show and is matured on 40% new French oak and 60% old for 12 months. It shows Plum, red berries, coffee, eucalyptus, and that typical spicy white pepper character that you find in Macclesfield fru...

Cracka rating90
Region: Adelaide Hills
2012 Longview Devils Elbow Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Longview Devils Elbow Cabernet Sauvignon

High up in the Adelaide Hills is a picture perfect vineyard and cellar door that belongs to Longview. The wines being produced here are bold examples of what the Adelaide Hills can do and although Cabernet is not that common, it’s fair to say the ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2013 Murdoch Hill Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

2013 Murdoch Hill Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

This light straw and lemon coloured Chardonnay possesses classic characteristics of the Adelaide Hills. The richness and intensity of the white peach and citrus fruits are balanced by a luscious creamy mid palate, supported by the premium Frenc...

Cracka rating0
Region: Adelaide Hills
2013 Bird in Hand Two in the Bush Shiraz

2013 Bird in Hand Two in the Bush Shiraz

What you have here is a slurpable Shiraz that everyone wants to refill their glasses with. It kicks off with exotic fruit and spice aromas before mixing up flavours of blackberry, pepper and mocha chocolate. It’s balanced and long and will keep in...

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2014 Bleasdale Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

2014 Bleasdale Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

This wine displays a lightly-oaked style that shows lots of white nectarines and peaches on the nose, along with hints of yellow citrus and dairy. The palate is light to medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, balanced lemony acidity, and ...

Cracka rating70
Region: Adelaide Hills
2008 Wolf Blass Gold Label Adelaide Hills Vintage Sparkling

2008 Wolf Blass Gold Label Adelaide Hills Vintage Sparkling

Made the same way as Champagne, this will please the masses at any time, and any occasion. It's quite a rich, slightly sweet style of bubbly that shows peaches, strawberries, lemons and crushed biscuits on the nose, along with a hint of dairy, the...

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2013 Beresford Highwood Pinot Grigio

2013 Beresford Highwood Pinot Grigio

What does Pinot Grigio mean? Well I’ll tell you – fresh, light weight, easy drinking, dry white with elegant restrained fruit. In fact it is the perfect wine for the Australian climate – made with a warm afternoon in mind. This Langhorne Creek exa...

Cracka rating70
Region: Adelaide Hills
2013 Shaw and Smith Pinot Noir

2013 Shaw and Smith Pinot Noir

This is Shaw + Smith's newest member of the family - a delightfully plush and juicy Pinot Noir sourced from the higher, cooler bits of the Adelaide Hills. Delicious, vibrant Pinot Noir that is immediately drinkable.

Cracka rating90
Region: Adelaide Hills
2013 Riposte The Sabre Pinot Noir

2013 Riposte The Sabre Pinot Noir

A lovely fragrant, yet still powerful, Pinot Noir from Tim Knappstein, this carries the richness of the vintage and the all important sappy goodness that fine Adelaide Hills Pinot shows. Very high quality stuff.

Cracka rating100
Region: Adelaide Hills
2013 Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay

2013 Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay

Some may well argue the point, but we think that this is one of the finest Chardonnays in Australia. Admittedly this is a warmer vintage for the wine, but no questioning the glory on show here. So what makes it so good you ask? Refinement. Foll...

Cracka rating100
Region: Adelaide Hills