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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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 McLaren Vale Shiraz

2012 Sacredtree by Gemtree McLaren Vale Shiraz

If you love big, bold, McLaren Vale Shiraz with both power as well as poise and elegance in spades then you can not go past this Single Vineyard star. Matured for two years in New French Oak it has an impenetrable, opaque colour that is black as n...

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 Cabernet and ...

Cracka rating100
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
Deliciously Silky Reds and Crisp Whites Mixed Dozen

Deliciously Silky Reds and Crisp Whites Mixed Dozen

It's a selection of our best sellers - with wines from Geoff Merrill, including a brilliant 94 Point Rose, Sacred Tree by Gemtree's aptly named Masterpiece Shiraz  with a classy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and the ever-reliable See Saw Semillon Sa...

Cracka rating100
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
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
2008 Geoff Merrill SMS

2008 Geoff Merrill SMS

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
2012 Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Tempranillo

2012 Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Tempranillo

Tempranillo is one of the most versatile wines around. It can come in medium or full-bodied styles, and goes with a range of foods. This offering from Geoff Hardy is in the more medium-bodied spectrum with moderate oak, and shows smells of red ber...

Cracka rating70
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
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
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
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
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
2010 d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz

2010 d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz

The nose initially displays an enticing mix of red and black fruits. Mulberries, ripe raspberries and blackberries are very pure. Complexity is built through the layers of exotic spice that support this fruit. Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and anise a...

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale
2010 Geoff Merrill Wickham Park Chardonnay

2010 Geoff Merrill Wickham Park Chardonnay

There are some names in winemaking that have a cult status, Geoff Merrill is one such figure, made famous by his impressive moustache and stellar talent with grapes. He’s a bit of a legend in the McLaren vale region where he has won nearly every a...

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
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 Beresford Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay

NV Beresford Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay

This is just the kind of bubbly that demands a place on the top shelf of the fridge. It’s a party on the palate and like all good sparkling is meant to lift the spirits. It has all the freshness of a fresh cut apple with complexing notes of yeast...

Cracka rating80
Region: McLaren Vale
2009 Five Geese Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Five Geese Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

This reserve cab sav from Hillgrove Wines, under the Five Geese label, is a rich, spicy little number that shows black berries and cherries on the nose, along with dark chocolate and pepper spice notes. The palate is lush, plush and sweetly-fruite...

Cracka rating80
Region: McLaren Vale
2012 Five Geese The Gander's Blend Old Vine Grenache Shiraz

2012 Five Geese The Gander's Blend Old Vine Grenache Shiraz

Grenache just loves those sandy McLaren Vale soils and so do I because they make some absolutely Cracking wines, especially if you like reds on the big and meaty side. Lashings of fruit, silky tannins; drink up before it is all gone.

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale