Clare Valley

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Clare Valley
Latitude
Altitude
400-500m
Growing Season Rainfall
200mm
Mean January Temperature
21.9°C
Harvest
Early March to late April
Wineries
56
Website
Cracka Rating 0

About Clare Valley

The beautiful Clare Valley wine region is nestled amongst rolling hills in the northern Mount Lofty Ranges. Dry Clare Valley Riesling is one of Australia’s classic wine styles. Vibrant lime juice, citrus and bracing acidity are signatures of Clare Valley riesling. They are magical wines with enchanting purity and a powerful sense of place. They improve with age and take on glorious honey and toasty characters over time. Wines born of the Polish Hill River district are tightly woven and austere, with great minerality and longevity. The Watervale area makes a more approachable and mouthwatering style. Elegant reds include perfumed, peppery shiraz and dark berried cabernet sauvignon with long, fine grained tannins. Cabernet sauvignon is often blended with malbec to make a distinctive regional style. Clare was first planted to vine in the early 1840s. It is a region of small family producers on a winding route scattered with charming villages, old stone cellars and historic pubs. A total of 5,450 ha stretch along the 35km valley today. The region can be divided into five main districts; Watervale, Polish Hill River, Sevenhill, Auburn and Clare. The moderate continental climate is tempered by a cool afternoon breeze and elevations of 200-500 metres. Variable topography and soils range through terra rossa over limestone, sandy loams, slate and fertile alluvials. Clare Valley producers led by Jeffrey Grosset championed the use of screwcap closures throughout the region in the late 1990s. Stuart MacGill uncorks the Clare Valley

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2012 Kilikanoon Lackey Shiraz

2012 Kilikanoon Lackey Shiraz

It’s the return of the ‘lac’ The boots on the label say it all. The lackey is a gregarious, honest hardworking staple of the Kilikanoon line up. Robust with spicy oak and red fruits on the nose, a silky mouthfeel and peppery finish. Like all g...

Cracka rating90
Region: Clare Valley
2009 Mr Mick Cabernet Merlot

2009 Mr Mick Cabernet Merlot

Mr Mick is Tim Adam's value label, known for Clare Valley wines that are just ridiculously good value for money. This Cabernet is the perfect example - hearty, chunky and with seriously awesome tannic depth. A big flavoured red for big red wine lo...

Cracka rating90
Region: Clare Valley
2014 Tim Adams Clare Valley Riesling

2014 Tim Adams Clare Valley Riesling

If you are Riesling mad like we are here at Cracka, you will not only have heard of Tim Adams, you would no doubt have probably sampled some of his fine fine Rieslings and this '14, would be very close to the top of the one's we have tried. It has...

Cracka rating100
Region: Clare Valley
2012 Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz

2012 Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz

The wine has vibrant magenta colour with aromatics of cherry, plum, dark berries and chocolate, complemented by the oak-derived characters of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. The palate is full bodied with dark berry conserve flavours and bala...

Cracka rating0
Region: Clare Valley
2014 Knappstein Clare Valley Riesling

2014 Knappstein Clare Valley Riesling

If you were to pick a Riesling from anywhere in Australia, where would you head? We might be biased but the Clare Valley is an obvious choice and the Knappstein winery have had well over a century of practice. Classic Clare Valley Riesling aromas ...

Cracka rating90
Region: Clare Valley
2013 Knappstein Clare Valley Shiraz

2013 Knappstein Clare Valley Shiraz

The Clare Valley is capable of producing some of the country’s best examples of Shiraz and here we’ve found a wine that hits the vinous G spot. G stands for gluggable and what a delicious example of regional Shiraz this is. Raspberry and plum back...

Cracka rating90
Region: Clare Valley
2012 Fire Block Clare Valley Riesling

2012 Fire Block Clare Valley Riesling

From a vineyard that dates back to the 1920s, this glorious, seriously limey Riesling represents all that is good about Clare Valley whites - lots of flavour, yet with spine tingling acidity that brings you back every time.

Cracka rating100
Region: Clare Valley
2014 Jim Barry Lavender Hill Sweet Riesling

2014 Jim Barry Lavender Hill Sweet Riesling

The name Jim Barry and riesling go together like two peas in a pod. This is a slightly sweet, citrusy wine that also shows hints of orange rind, stone fruits and limes. The palate is lighter-bodied, but quite plush with juicy citrus flavours, a ki...

Cracka rating70
Region: Clare Valley
2014 Paulett Wines Polish Hill River Riesling

2014 Paulett Wines Polish Hill River Riesling

This wine shows quite citrus and lime flavours with a wonderful spine of mineral like acid adding great balance, length and finish. Typically the wines have a wonderful potential to age, normally well over ten years and in doing so show lovely se...

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Region: Clare Valley
2014 Reillys Barking Mad Watervale Riesling

2014 Reillys Barking Mad Watervale Riesling

Barking Mad is probably what Justin Ardill's mates called him when he left a career is medicine to tend to small patch of vineyard in Watervale. The actual reference here is to the vineyard dogs, who would go barking mad on hearing the Justin's tr...

Cracka rating80
Region: Clare Valley
2012 Sevenhill Inigo Shiraz

2012 Sevenhill Inigo Shiraz

Had a wine epiphany lately? The good folk at Sevenhill will be in a good position to assist as they come from a long line of Jesuit priests and their miraculous work in the vineyard is heavenly. Here’s a wine that reeks of regionality, the Clare V...

Cracka rating80
Region: Clare Valley
2014 Annie's Lane Moscato

2014 Annie's Lane Moscato

Annie’s Lane is a Clare Valley institution a winery that gets its name from the heroic Annie who used to bring lunches to those pruning the vineyards and ending up getting her cart bogged in a lane. She probably could have done with a refreshing M...

Cracka rating70
Region: Clare Valley
2010 Penna Lane Shiraz

2010 Penna Lane Shiraz

Here's a wine for lovers of bold, fulsome, Harley-riding shirazes that have seen some generous oak. It's a 'take no prisoners' style that shows lots of dark, ripe fruits and toasted coconut oak on the nose, with hints of pepper spice and chocolate...

Cracka rating80
Region: Clare Valley
2015 O'Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling

2015 O'Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling

Polish Hill River is ground central for great Australian Riesling. The rocky soils, the warm days and cool nights - perfect for producing Riesling deliciousness! Speaking of delicious, this epic O'Leary Walker Riesling sits right up at the top of ...

Cracka rating100
Region: Clare Valley
2012 Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz

2012 Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz

This fuller-bodied style of shiraz from an excellent year would be just the thing with that oxtail casserole you are thinking of cooking. It's a smooth, voluptuous style that has seen minimal oak, and shows an abundance of black currants on the no...

Cracka rating80
Region: Clare Valley
2012 Tim Adams The Fergus

2012 Tim Adams The Fergus

Grenache is normally associated with the Barossa or McLaren Vale but winemaking maverick Tim Adams was stuck for Cabernet and Shiraz grapes back in 1993 and bought this fruit of a neighbour. The rest is history. The wine was such a success it beca...

Cracka rating100
Region: Clare Valley
2015 Tim Adams Pinot Gris

2015 Tim Adams Pinot Gris

Tim Adams has a firm belief in Pinot Gris thriving in the Clare Valley so much that he’s planting more of the stuff, but try this wine and you’ll see why his vision is not deluded. An attractive pink colour that is so often a distinctive nuance of...

Cracka rating90
Region: Clare Valley
NV Paulett Wines Trillians Sparkling Riesling

NV Paulett Wines Trillians Sparkling Riesling

Made from the second run of juice, which is cold settled to allow fermentation of clears over a two to three week period to ensure flavour retention. Secondary fermentation utilising the charmat process occurs off site, as our facilities do not a...

Cracka rating0
Region: Clare Valley
2013 The Barry Bros by Jim Barry Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 The Barry Bros by Jim Barry Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

Just as the two previous generations brought new and innovative viticultural and winemaking ideas to Jim Barry Wines, we are determined to forge our individual mark. We have taken inspiration from our family’s history to create this wine. Our two ...

Cracka rating90
Region: Clare Valley
2012 Mitchell Noble Semillon (375ml)

2012 Mitchell Noble Semillon (375ml)

You’ve got to admire a wine with noble in the title; you know it’s going to offer a rarefied drinking experience. Everyone loves a sticky wine and this late picked Semillon is like sweet nectar. Bathe your senses in rich and decadent aromas of hon...

Cracka rating80
Region: Clare Valley