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      McLaren Vale

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      McLaren Vale
      Latitude
      Altitude
      30m
      Growing Season Rainfall
      140mm
      Mean January Temperature
      19.9°C
      Harvest
      Late February to late April
      Wineries
      120
      Website
      Cracka Rating 0

      About McLaren Vale

      McLaren Vale is the heart of the Fleurieu. It is a wine region of gentle hills and breathtaking beaches, where sea and vines rise to meet the Mount Lofty Ranges. The region is home to over 80 wine companies, spanning 7,100 ha of vine. It is celebrated for soft and generous reds with ripe berries, chocolate and soft velvet tannins. McLaren Vale shiraz is a regional hero, filled with raspberry and black olives. Plush blueberry cabernet sauvignon is highly decorated and juicy grenache hails from magnificent old plantings. Peachy chardonnay, semillon and tropical sauvignon blanc originate from cooler sites. Kissed by the warm sun and soothed by the breath of the great southern ocean, McLaren Vale enjoys a Mediterranean climate with cooling maritime influences. The state’s longest river winds through the Onkaparinga gorge past giant redgums, vines and olive groves to escape at the mouth of St Vincent’s Gulf. The region incorporates the sub-districts of Clarendon, Kangarilla, Sellicks Foothills, McLaren Flat, Seaview, Blewitt Springs and Willunga. Individual vineyards vary in accordance with exposure to the coast, elevation and variety of fertile soils, sandy loams and underlying clay and limestone. McLaren Vale is a clean, green region committed to environmental resource management and water conservation. Local grape growers are leading the country with a Generational Farming Program. The viticultural accreditation scheme guarantees sustainability and underpins the value of future production in the region. Proactive and innovative producers have embraced the trend towards organics and biodynamics as well as the potential for alternative grape varieties. New plantings of Spanish, Italian and Portugese varieties include fiano, tempranillo, sangiovese, zinfandel, touriga and barbera. Watch Stuart MacGill uncork McLaren Vale

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      2012 Sacredtree by Gemtree Classic Vine Shiraz

      2012 Sacredtree by Gemtree Classic Vine Shiraz

      A classic (organic) wine from a classic vintage, our best selling wine for 2014 - what more could you ask for? This rich, plump and full-flavoured Sacredtree Shiraz showcases all that is great in McLaren Vale Shiraz, honed by the careful touch ...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2013 Sacredtree by Gemtree Classic Vine Shiraz

      2013 Sacredtree by Gemtree Classic Vine Shiraz

      Know what the greatest thing about this Shiraz is? The blackness. You can just stare into the limitless richness of this red and get lost in it, the inky, black/red/purple colour a signal of the thick fruit flavours and impressive length that ...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2012 Sacredtree by Gemtree McLaren Vale Shiraz

      2012 Sacredtree by Gemtree McLaren Vale Shiraz

      If you love big, bold, McLaren Vale Shiraz with both power as well as poise and elegance in spades then you can not go past this Single Vineyard star. Matured for two years in New French Oak it has an impenetrable, opaque colour that is black as n...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2013 Mystery 94 Point McLaren Vale Shiraz

      2013 Mystery 94 Point McLaren Vale Shiraz

      Hailing from some of the greatest vineyards in the 'Vale' and in a vintage the winemakers described as "low yielding, resulting in exceptional wines with great intensity" comes this smashing mystery shiraz. The last vintage was 95 Points Halliday,...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2014 Sacredtree by Gemtree Select Vines Cabernet Sauvignon

      2014 Sacredtree by Gemtree Select Vines Cabernet Sauvignon

      There's nothing better than curling up with a good bottle of Cabernet and letting the days worries fly away. Here at Cracka we have the perfect red that will help you do just that. And it's available for a crazy Cracka price. Lord of the Grapev...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2009 Geoff Merrill SMS Red Blend

      2009 Geoff Merrill SMS Red Blend

      Does it get better than this - the great man of South Australia Geoff Merrill pumping out some brilliant value reds. This SMS made from Sangiovese, Merlot and Shiraz is a little quirky but you won't be sorry as it shows some seriously intense swee...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2013 Geoff Hardy GMH Meritage Cabernet Blend

      2013 Geoff Hardy GMH Meritage Cabernet Blend

      Meritage is a name we don't see much of in Australia as it is something of a Californian term, usually used in the context of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc based blends. This savoury and dry, full flavoured red has a bit of a Calif...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2011 Geoff Merrill Botham Merrill Willis Chardonnay

      2011 Geoff Merrill Botham Merrill Willis Chardonnay

      While our old pal Geoff Merrill is a dab hand with his McLaren Vale Shiraz and Grenache his white wines, particularly the Chardonnays, are just as good. This is a rounded, peach scented style with mouth filling fruit flavour with a remarkably eleg...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2011 Tapestry McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

      2011 Tapestry McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

      Tapestry might be a new name for many, but the winery have some serious resources to call on - including the famed Bakers Gully just below Clarendon on the edge of where McLaren Vale meets the Adelaide Hills. Bakers Gully dates back to the ear...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2013 Fox Creek McLaren Vale Shiraz

      2013 Fox Creek McLaren Vale Shiraz

      You want flavour! I mean real, so-chunky-you-can-carve-it flavour? Fox Creek definitely do flavour! This famed McLaren Vale winery turn the intensity button up to 11 with its red wines, delivering the most densest and most delicious vinos this...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2013 RockBare Shiraz

      2013 RockBare Shiraz

      Appearance: Vivid purple with a violet hue. Nose: A brooding nose reminiscent of mulled wine, loaded with spice, crushed mulberries and toasty charry oak. Palate: Luscious, juicy palate of dark cherry and loganberry fruit provide up front supp...

      Cracka rating0
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2013 RockBare Barossa Babe Shiraz

      2013 RockBare Barossa Babe Shiraz

      Winemaker at Rockbare, Tim Burvill is a committed fan of the McLaren Vale but when he see’s a plot of land with Shiraz too good to pass up, he jumps on it, regardless of the region. The fruit for this wine comes from vines that are over a century ...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2010 Geoff Merrill Bush Vine Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

      2010 Geoff Merrill Bush Vine Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

      For as long as we can remember Geoff Merrill has been famous for two things, an amazing moustache and making amazing wines from the McLaren Vale. Sadly the moustache has now gone but gladly the winemaking skill has not. All of Merrill’s premium of...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2013 Geoff Merrill Reserve Chardonnay

      2013 Geoff Merrill Reserve Chardonnay

      Chardonnay from the McLaren Vale can be a rich and full-bodied experience. If there’s one winemaker who can deliver that promise, it’s Geoff Merill. Since 1980 he has been making award-winning wines of balance. This is bells and whistles Chardonn...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2012 Geoff Merrill Reserve Chardonnay

      2012 Geoff Merrill Reserve Chardonnay

      Chardonnay from the McLaren Vale can be a rich and full-bodied experience. If there’s one winemaker who can deliver that promise, it’s Geoff Merill. Since 1980 he has been making award-winning wines of balance. This is bells and whistles Chardonn...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: McLaren Vale
      NV The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz

      NV The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz

      Sparkling Shiraz is one of the Australian wine industry’s great gifts to the world of wine and we don’t give this style enough credit. Winemaker Ben Riggs is proud of this Sparkling red that employs three- year-old Shiraz that’s been aged in oak b...

      Cracka rating70
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2012 Pirramimma White Label Old Bush Vine Grenache

      2012 Pirramimma White Label Old Bush Vine Grenache

      Some of the fruit for this wine comes from a vineyard block planted in 1944 called 'Prisoner of War', but this wine will not hold you prisoner on the price. It's a pretty, perfumed wine showing spiced cherries and raspberries on the nose. The pala...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2003 Burton Premium Wines McLaren Vale Shiraz

      2003 Burton Premium Wines McLaren Vale Shiraz

      Wow! A wine that the producer says will see 20-years at this price - astounding! And it certainly has a fair bit of richness and strength to it. Aromas of star anise spice, mocha, toasted cedar and earthy savouriness decorate the nose, meanwhile t...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: McLaren Vale