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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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      2010 Two Eights Maker's Choice Shiraz Cabernet

      2010 Two Eights Maker's Choice Shiraz Cabernet

      Named for the Mandarin symbol of wealth, fortune and good luck, this is a classic and uniquely Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine shows complexity with Shiraz providing layers of ripe plum and dark chocolate while the mint...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: McLaren Vale
      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
      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
      2011 Geoff Merrill Botham Merrill Willis Chardonnay

      2011 Geoff Merrill Botham Merrill Willis Chardonnay

      Value at its finest here. Ripping chardonnay with a few years in the bottle, ready for tonights dinner table! While our old pal Geoff Merrill is a dab hand with his McLaren Vale Shiraz and Grenache his white wines, particularly the Chardonnays, a...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2014 Bleeding Heart L/M McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

      2014 Bleeding Heart L/M McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

      Young fresh cabernet, with the McLaren Vale portion of this wine shining through heavily. Delicious white pepper in here, with light subtle hints of oak. This wine is undoubtedly fruit forward, and for the short to medium term drinking. But pun...

      Cracka rating100
      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
      2012 Wirra Wirra The Angelus Cabernet Sauvignon

      2012 Wirra Wirra The Angelus Cabernet Sauvignon

      Named after a 3/4-tonne bell that sits above the Wirra Wirra cellar door, the Angelus has been one of Australia's great wines for many years. It's a full-bodied, sumptuous wine that shows intoxicating aromas of black and redcurrant, flaked tobacco...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2014 Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Red Blend

      2014 Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Red Blend

      A mix of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, it is a typically juicy red with lots of purple fruit flavours and a surprisingly dry finish. A brand new vintage of this clever little wine, this is such good drinking for very few dollars...

      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
      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
      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
      2010 Geoff Merrill G & W Cabernet Sauvignon

      2010 Geoff Merrill G & W Cabernet Sauvignon

      Miss this Merrill at your peril! If you love rich and opulent Cabernet then this has your name all over it. It’s from the McLaren Vale where grapes enjoy warm days and cool breezes at night, so flavour is maximised until all that is delivered is r...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2014 Paxton Tempranillo

      2014 Paxton Tempranillo

      There is a perception that anyone who’s into organics or biodynamics wears a cardigan and strokes their beard while talking to the vines. True in some cases but at Paxton in the McLaren Vale they use the finest and most honest viticultural practic...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2015 Coriole Prosecco

      2015 Coriole Prosecco

      Here's a bit of low-alcohol (10.5%) fun in a bottle from Coriole. It's a light, drier style of prosecco that shows some stone fruits, apples and lemons on the nose, with just a whiff of dried herbs. The palate is light-bodied and spritzy, with gre...

      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
      NV Yarra Burn Sparkling Premium Cuvee Rose

      NV Yarra Burn Sparkling Premium Cuvee Rose

      If bubbly, glugable and value for money is what you are looking for, look no further than this dry, pink bottle of bubbles. There's lots of bright red fruit smells on the nose, along with some appealing earthy savouriness. The palate is smooth, ge...

      Cracka rating70
      Region: McLaren Vale
      NV d'Arenberg Pollyanna Polly Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot

      NV d'Arenberg Pollyanna Polly Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot

      The Pollyanna Principle is the tendency for people to remember pleasant times more accurately than unpleasant ones. Chester’s mother, Pauline, was a living testament to this truth, always looking on the bright side of life. An eternal optimist, ...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2013 Taylors Jaraman Shiraz

      2013 Taylors Jaraman Shiraz

      The Taylors Jaraman range is about taking the best of the Clare Valley Shiraz and complementing it with another region to add another dimension. In this case the McLaren Vale gets a look in and the results are stunningly good. Full of aromas of pl...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: McLaren Vale