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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
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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 Sacredtree by Gemtree Classic Vine Shiraz

      2012 Sacredtree by Gemtree Classic Vine Shiraz

      A classic wine from a classic vintage, our best selling wine for 2015 - 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 of Mike Br...

      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
      2010 Two Eights Maker's Choice McLaren Vale Shiraz Cabernet

      2010 Two Eights Maker's Choice McLaren Vale 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
      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
      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
      2013 Nelson & Way McLaren Vale Chardonnay

      2013 Nelson & Way McLaren Vale Chardonnay

      This cracking McLaren Vale Chardonnay is from the winemaking geniuses at Chapel Hill and it screams McLaren Vale. 'The Vale' makes a bold peachy wine style of Chardonnay and this is no exception with juicy tropical fruit flavours well balanced ...

      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
      2012 Tapestry Estate McLaren Vale Shiraz

      2012 Tapestry Estate McLaren Vale Shiraz

      Love a big bold reds? Love a Bargain? Then this is the wine for you. With big, bold and briery flavours that make McLaren Vale reds so unique, this wine leaves to no excuses to crack a bottle at your summer BBQ.

      Cracka rating100
      Region: McLaren Vale
      2012 Chapel Hill Abacus McLaren Vale GSM

      2012 Chapel Hill Abacus McLaren Vale GSM

      A sterling release from the folks at Chapel Hill! This is a awash with red and black fruits, sweet spice with a whiff of savoury oak. Once you try this, you will wonder why GSM's are not more popular, this is smashing!

      Cracka rating100
      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

      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
      2013 Sacredtree by Gemtree Classic Vine Shiraz

      2013 Sacredtree by Gemtree Classic Vine Shiraz

      This rich, plump and full-flavoured Sacredtree Shiraz showcases all that is great in McLaren Vale Shiraz, honed by the careful touch of Mike Brown and the Gemtree team. Produced from low-yielding, vineyards off Kangarilla Rd in McLaren Vale, t...

      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
      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
      2014 Paxton Quandong Farm McLaren Vale Shiraz

      2014 Paxton Quandong Farm McLaren Vale Shiraz

      Odd name, smashing wine! The guys at Paxton really know how to produce a good red and this is no exception. Big, rich, dense, ripe and utterly delicious.

      Cracka rating100
      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
      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 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
      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
      2013 Partisan White Label Shiraz

      2013 Partisan White Label Shiraz

      McLaren Vale on full display with this Shiraz - loads of rich, plummy hearty Vale flavours with plenty of tannins and concentration a go-go. Will easily live another 5-8 years (at a minimum) and offer no shortage of pleasure along the way.

      Cracka rating100
      Region: McLaren Vale