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
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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 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
2013 Sacredtree by Gemtree Masterpiece Shiraz

2013 Sacredtree by Gemtree Masterpiece Shiraz

Sometimes you're in the right place at the right time to pick up a bargain. This Shiraz, made by certified organic McLaren Vale producer Gemtree Wines, was destined for the export market until our canny buyers tasted it. They saw the poten...

Cracka rating80
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
Rich Bold Reds Dozen

Rich Bold Reds Dozen

Our big bold reds mixed dozen is back, and bigger than ever with some of our best loved wines. There is the superb South Australian Shiraz from Gemtree and a Geoff Merrill Sangiovese blend to die for. Thrown in a quality Clare Valley Shiraz and an...

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
2009 Geoff Merrill Botham Merrill Willis Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Geoff Merrill Botham Merrill Willis Cabernet Sauvignon

Take two wine-loving English test cricketers from the late 70s/80s, and add to one cricket-loving wine tragic. Then add ripe Cabernet grapes and some rich oak. What do you get? This powerful and full-flavoured South Australian red, which looks dec...

Cracka rating80
Region: McLaren Vale
2011 Mystery Flagship McLaren Vale Shiraz

2011 Mystery Flagship McLaren Vale Shiraz

This is a bit of a hero. Made by one of McLaren Vale's absolute gun winemakers, it's the flagship wine of this five star Halliday rated winery. Released as part of the prestigious McLaren Vale Scarce Earth program, the luscious ripe fruit ...

Cracka rating100
Region: McLaren Vale
2012 Coriole Redstone McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Coriole Redstone McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

The Redstone in the label refers to the red coloured ironstone found in the soil at Coriole in the McLaren Vale, this stone is also part of the old brick buildings at the winery dating back to 1860. This is the essence of the region and the kind o...

Cracka rating80
Region: McLaren Vale
2011 Geoff Merrill BMW Chardonnay

2011 Geoff Merrill BMW 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
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 rating70
Region: McLaren Vale
2011 Bathe Rose

2011 Bathe Rose

What could be more summery than a juicy Shiraz based rose? This light and airy little number comes from sunny McLaren Vale, which is a great place to not only grow grapes to make rose, but also to drink the stuff.

Cracka rating70
Region: McLaren Vale
2011 Geoff Merrill Botham Merrill Willis Shiraz

2011 Geoff Merrill Botham Merrill Willis Shiraz

Brand new release from one of our favourite winemakers, Geoff Merrill. Classic rich McLaren Vale Shiraz with delicious ripe fruit characters. McLaren Vale fared better than most in 2011, and this is a stunning result.

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
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 Mitolo Jester Shiraz

2012 Mitolo Jester Shiraz

Expressive, approachable and affordable is the philosophy behind the Jester label, and that's exactly what this wine is. It's a lush, juicy style of shiraz that shows lots of black fruits and licorice notes on the nose, together with hints of savo...

Cracka rating80
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
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 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
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 Rosemount McLaren Vale Collection GSM

2013 Rosemount McLaren Vale Collection GSM

Rosemount's McLaren Vale winery has been kicking some serious goals over the past few years, picking up more gold medals than Jordan Speith has hit birdies (well, not quite THAT many). This quirky labelled GSM is the latest in the line of high ach...

Cracka rating100
Region: McLaren Vale