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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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      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 - a ripping Chardonnay with a few years in the bottle, ready for tonight's dinner table! While our old pal Geoff Merrill is a dab hand with his McLaren Vale Shiraz and Grenache, his white wines - particularly the Chardonna...

      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
      2012 Geoff Merrill Barrel Select Chardonnay

      2012 Geoff Merrill Barrel Select Chardonnay

      As with all of Geoff Merrill's Chardonnay releases, this is a wine of depth. Think toasty nougat oak, then white peach and fruit flavours, backed by just enough cleansing acidity to make sure everything plays nice. It's a proper wine, with real fl...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2015 Mystery 95 Point McLaren Vale Shiraz

      2015 Mystery 95 Point McLaren Vale Shiraz

      If you like your Shiraz turned up to "11" then this is the wine for you. Dense and broody and chock full of plum and berry flavours wrapped up in velvety chocolatey tannins. This wine oozes all that McLaren Vale has to offer.

      Cracka rating100
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2015 Sacredtree by Gemtree Select Vines Shiraz

      2015 Sacredtree by Gemtree Select Vines Shiraz

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

      Cracka rating80
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2014 Sacredtree Single Vineyard Shiraz

      2014 Sacredtree Single Vineyard Shiraz

      We've sold the last few vintages of the Sacredtree Single Vineyard Shiraz and for anyone who has had it before, you'll know that this is a heroic wine. Made by renowned McLaren Vale winemaker Mike Brown of Gemtree Wines, the Sacredtree Single V...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2014 Mystery Premium McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

      2014 Mystery Premium McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

      This is one of those Mystery Wines from Cracka that when you receive it at home and open the box - you see what it is, go to the Google machine, see the price on the winery's website, get back on the Cracka website, and buy whatever is left!!! ...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2016 Sacredtree Classic Vine Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre

      2016 Sacredtree Classic Vine Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre

      The key to this wines success is about picking the grapes at just the right time and then using careful oak maturation without losing that exuberant red fruit. Sourced from certified organic vineyards in sunny McLaren Vale, this couldn't be anymor...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2015 Geoff Hardy Handcrafted McLaren Vale Shiraz

      2015 Geoff Hardy Handcrafted McLaren Vale Shiraz

      The 2015 Geoff Hardy Handcrafted McLaren Vale Shiraz shows everything that is good and great about Vale Shiraz. Who doesn't love the massive black fruits, rich flavours and long finish? It's like a red wine party in your mouth! When McLaren Val...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2015 Mystery Premium McLaren Vale GSM

      2015 Mystery Premium McLaren Vale GSM

      What is this McLaren Vale superstar red you ask? Well, we can't reveal its face (yes, wines have a face), but we can let slip that it was made by James Halliday's Dark Horse Wineries, and the past two vintages of this blend of Grenache, Shiraz and...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2011 Geoff Merrill BMW McLaren Vale Shiraz

      2011 Geoff Merrill BMW McLaren Vale Shiraz

      Geoff Merrill is a genius at making honest to goodness, deeply flavoured McLaren Value beauties that make you wish all Australian wines tasted this good. This classically rich Shiraz is intense, ripe and delicious, and a must have for fans of McLa...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2014 Kay Brothers McLaren Vale Basket Pressed Shiraz

      2014 Kay Brothers McLaren Vale Basket Pressed Shiraz

      One of our favourite McLaren Vale Shiraz this beauty. Gives you the typical varietal and regional nuances you seek all at the same time. A fair whack of white pepper, in with some strong blackberry type flavour shows you that Kay Bros are trul...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2014 Geoff Merrill Reserve Chardonnay

      2014 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 Merrill. Since 1980, he has been making award-winning wines of balance. This is bells and whistles Chardon...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2014 RockBare Barossa Babe Shiraz

      2014 RockBare Barossa Babe Shiraz

      Winemaker at Rockbare, Tim Burvill, is a committed fan of the McLaren Vale but when he sees 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
      2016 Wirra Wirra Mrs Wigley Grenache Rose

      2016 Wirra Wirra Mrs Wigley Grenache Rose

      Come summer, can you honestly imagine drinking big reds in the heat? Nope, that’s where Rosé comes into play with its chilled and pink coloured allure. One of the best and most consistent Rosés around is the Mrs Wigley made by the talented crew at...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2015 Coriole Barbera

      2015 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
      2015 RockBare Shiraz

      2015 RockBare Shiraz

      McLaren Vale Shiraz is big on everything and this RockBare is a great example of the region’s signature wine. It’s crimson-purple in colour, with intense blackberry, chocolate and brown spice aromas. Its full-on palate is switched up to 11, with w...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2011 Geoff Merrill G & W Cabernet Sauvignon

      2011 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 a mix of the McLaren Vale & Coonawarra, both where grapes enjoy warm days and cool breezes at night, so flavour is maximised unti...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2014 Pirramimma Stocks Hill Shiraz

      2014 Pirramimma Stocks Hill Shiraz

      Pirramimma have done it again with this value Shiraz for big red wine lovers. Weighing in at 14.7% alcohol, it's a full-bodied style that shows rich, ripe smells of dark berries, black pepper and dark chocolate on the nose, which translates to the...

      Cracka rating70
      Region: McLaren Vale