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
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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
2012 Cracka Barrel McLaren Vale Shiraz

2012 Cracka Barrel McLaren Vale Shiraz

The Cracka Barrel Story At Cracka we are always on the lookout for those little unexpected gems. And as we have grown, more and more of these little parcels come our way. Usually only crafted in small volumes we have always offered our very be...

Cracka rating100
Region: McLaren Vale
2012 Tyrrell's Reserve Willunga Shiraz

2012 Tyrrell's Reserve Willunga Shiraz

Made from the simply outstanding 2012 vintage, this Shiraz comes from a single vineyard in Willunga, located in the southern end of McLaren Vale. Matured for over 12 months in French oak, I think this is the finest wine yet under the Tyrrell’s ...

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale
2014 Sacredtree by Gemtree Select Vines Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Sacredtree by Gemtree Select Vines Cabernet Sauvignon

Mike Brown and Team Gemtree have come up with another beauty with this new Sacredtree Cabernet. Packed with Cabernetalicious blackberry fruit with some cocoa oak as sprinkles, it's the sort of chunky and plump red that you can really get your teet...

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale Reds Dozen

McLaren Vale Reds Dozen

What’s not to love about McLaren Vale? It’s got just about everything, the beach, a village atmosphere, some great produce and amazing wines. This mixed case celebrates what the McLaren Vale as a wine region does best, Shiraz dominant wines with ...

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale
2013 Geoff Merrill SMS Rose

2013 Geoff Merrill SMS Rose

Just look at the colour of this rose! Fantastic! Made by famed McLaren Vale winemaker Geoff Merrill, this ruby coloured wine is just bursting with juicy fruit flavours, driven by the ripe McLaren Vale Grenache grapes that it was made from. B...

Cracka rating80
Region: McLaren Vale
2013 Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy GSM

2013 Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy GSM

This GSM offering from Geoff Hardy is at the slightly more elegant end of the Grenache-dominant scale. It shows lots of spicy red fruits and dried mixed herbs on the nose, along with a sniff of black pepper. The palate is medium to fuller-bodied, ...

Cracka rating80
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 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...

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Region: McLaren Vale
2012 RockBare Barossa Babe Shiraz

2012 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
2013 Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz

2013 Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz

From a particularly good vintage in South Australia, this takes luscious to a new level. In fact, if you look up luscious in the dictionty there is a picture of this bottle, empty, red wine spilt all around it. If you like Shiraz with richness a g...

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale
2007 Geoff Merrill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 Geoff Merrill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Geoff Merrill is somewhat of a legend in the McLaren Vale where he is as famous for his award-winning wines as he is his larger than life character. This wine spends three years in the bottle before it’s released ensuring it’s balanced and integra...

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Region: McLaren Vale
2014 Maxwell Little Demon Shiraz Grenache

2014 Maxwell Little Demon Shiraz Grenache

Shiraz and Grenache are the best of buds, especially when they are from South Australia. Shiraz is the big brother, dark, dense, solid, robust and supportive whereas, the Grenache is full of youthful enthusiam showing bright, juicy and possibly a ...

Cracka rating100
Region: McLaren Vale
2014 Wirra Wirra Hiding Champion Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Wirra Wirra Hiding Champion Sauvignon Blanc

Where do you hide a champion? Or, more importantly, why is he/she hiding in the first place? We don't have the answer to either question, but what we do know is that this is a champion wine. Champion flavour, champion intensity and champion fre...

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale
2013 Beresford Beacon Hill Shiraz

2013 Beresford Beacon Hill Shiraz

According to the mantra at Beresford, they make intensely passionate wines and one sip of this generous Shiraz and that is clear to see. It ticks all the boxes for a quaffer, it’s balanced, shows varietal typicity and pairs brilliantly with roast ...

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
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
2012 Cork Cutters McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Cork Cutters McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

Cork Cutters sees a coming together of three 'young gun' wine producers - Spinifex, Lucy Margaux and Some Young Punks! From an excellent South Australian year, this is a fulsome style of cab sav (with a cheeky 9% of petit verdot) that shows blackc...

Cracka rating80
Region: McLaren Vale
2014 Coriole Barbera

2014 Coriole Barbera

Say 'Ciao' to this neat little barbera from Coriole. This Italian variety has found a home in Australia, and they keep getting better. This offering shows lots of pepper spice and cherries on the nose, along with hints of earthy savouriness. The p...

Cracka rating80
Region: McLaren Vale
2012 Mitolo Savitar Shiraz

2012 Mitolo Savitar Shiraz

There is no two ways about this wine. It's a beast. A beast of a wine that is inky and heavy and unbelievably rich. Perhaps the only problem with this wine is that it is almost too big, too rich, too heady. Is that possible?

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale