Clare Valley

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Clare Valley
Latitude
Altitude
400-500m
Growing Season Rainfall
200mm
Mean January Temperature
21.9°C
Harvest
Early March to late April
Wineries
83
Website
Cracka Rating 0

About Clare Valley

The beautiful Clare Valley wine region is nestled amongst rolling hills in the northern Mount Lofty Ranges. Dry Clare Valley Riesling is one of Australia’s classic wine styles. Vibrant lime juice, citrus and bracing acidity are signatures of Clare Valley riesling. They are magical wines with enchanting purity and a powerful sense of place. They improve with age and take on glorious honey and toasty characters over time. Wines born of the Polish Hill River district are tightly woven and austere, with great minerality and longevity. The Watervale area makes a more approachable and mouthwatering style. Elegant reds include perfumed, peppery shiraz and dark berried cabernet sauvignon with long, fine grained tannins. Cabernet sauvignon is often blended with malbec to make a distinctive regional style. Clare was first planted to vine in the early 1840s. It is a region of small family producers on a winding route scattered with charming villages, old stone cellars and historic pubs. A total of 5,450 ha stretch along the 35km valley today. The region can be divided into five main districts; Watervale, Polish Hill River, Sevenhill, Auburn and Clare. The moderate continental climate is tempered by a cool afternoon breeze and elevations of 200-500 metres. Variable topography and soils range through terra rossa over limestone, sandy loams, slate and fertile alluvials. Clare Valley producers led by Jeffrey Grosset championed the use of screwcap closures throughout the region in the late 1990s. Stuart MacGill uncorks the Clare Valley

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NV Annie's Lane Quelltaler Sparkling Shiraz

NV Annie's Lane Quelltaler Sparkling Shiraz

Sparkling shiraz is a truly Aussie style. Since the days of the Seppelt Show Reserve Sparkling Burgundies in the 50s and 60s, no one does it quite like we do, and this offering from Annie's Lane is a wonderful addition to this tradition. Even thou...

Cracka rating90
Region: Clare Valley
2011 Knappstein 'Three' Clare Valley Gewurztraminer Riesling

2011 Knappstein 'Three' Clare Valley Gewurztraminer Riesling

Sometimes a blend can be better than the whole and in this case Knappstein have achieved a fine balance between the aromatic grapes of Riesling, Gewurtztrminer and Pinot Gris. This is a very feminine wine, delicately perfumed with luscious floral...

Cracka rating70
Region: Clare Valley
2008 Leasingham Classic Clare Riesling

2008 Leasingham Classic Clare Riesling

Why cellar wine? This Riesling shows why, the benefits of a few years in a cool dark cellar on full display here, the nervy style of youth replaced by the extra richness of bottle age, all without losing that trademark Clare Valley Riesling acidit...

Cracka rating100
Region: Clare Valley
2010 Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz

2010 Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz

Many a wine connoisseur has said “you can’t beat Clare Shiraz” and many more believe Clare Shiraz to be the drink of the gods. Wise words from an oracle can influence a wine lover to expand their boundaries and look for new tasting experiences, wh...

Cracka rating100
Region: Clare Valley
2010 Mitchell Peppertree Shiraz

2010 Mitchell Peppertree Shiraz

There are few wineries we could think of that sum up the essence of the Clare valley quite like the Mitchell family. Since the 70s they have been crafting wines that encapsulate the region, particularly the rich, long-lived Shiraz. Prepare some st...

Cracka rating80
Region: Clare Valley
2011 Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz

2011 Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz

The McRae Wood shiraz has always been a bit of a 'value' wine in the upper echelon of Jim Barry offerings. They have always been big, rich wines, and this one is no different. It is certainly in the Bruce Willis in 'Die Hard' vein, with it's ripe ...

Cracka rating90
Region: Clare Valley
2012 Scotchmans Hill Henry Frost Clare Valley Riesling

2012 Scotchmans Hill Henry Frost Clare Valley Riesling

This is an early drinking, dry style of rizza that would be great with a Thai chicken salad. Aromas of green citrus and Granny Smith apples adorn the nose, whilst the palate is crisp, dry and minerally, with more citrus flavours, a talcy mouthfeel...

Cracka rating80
Region: Clare Valley
2005 Jim Barry The Benbournie Cabernet Sauvignon

2005 Jim Barry The Benbournie Cabernet Sauvignon

Named after a small sub-region of the Clare Valley, this is one of Jim Barry's top wines, and it is certainly a powerful number. Weighing in around 15% alcohol, there's a heap of dark berries and plums on the nose, along with licorice spice, mocha...

Cracka rating90
Region: Clare Valley
2011 Grosset Wines Pinot Noir

2011 Grosset Wines Pinot Noir

Jeffrey Grosset has spent thirty years mastering Riesling, but he’s adept at other varieties too and his take on Adelaide Hills Pinot is utterly captivating. Only a small amount of this was made so you’d best be quick if you want to share in this ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Clare Valley
2008 Tim Adams Cabernet Malbec

2008 Tim Adams Cabernet Malbec

Chances are if you’ve ever traveled to the historic Clare Valley then you would have heard of winemaker Tim Adams. He’s one of our favourite boutique winemakers and has a knack with every grape style. This Cabernet sees the addition of Malbec to l...

Cracka rating100
Region: Clare Valley
2012 Knappstein Ackland Vineyard Riesling

2012 Knappstein Ackland Vineyard Riesling

This is the business. Clare Valley Riesling that is so indicative off the region and the soils influence. We know you’ve heard it from us before, but Riesling is such an easy drinking white that we don’t understand why it’s not more popular. This ...

Cracka rating100
Region: Clare Valley
2011 Reillys Barking Mad Watervale Riesling

2011 Reillys Barking Mad Watervale Riesling

This wine lies - you really don't need to be barking mad at all to buy it! Rather, you're just a smart Riesling buyer in search of a bargain. A smart buyer looking for a smart wine - easy as pie!

Cracka rating80
Region: Clare Valley
2010 Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz

2010 Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz

The Aberfeldy has become a bit of a cult collectors wine. It comes from a single site in the Clare Valley from vines that were planted in 1904. What winemaker Tim Adams is able to do with this fruit is incredible as he coaxes enormous flavour from...

Cracka rating100
Region: Clare Valley
2010 Taylors St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Taylors St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon

The flagship is the St Andrews and the quality of this wine is unbelievably good. This is utterly varietal Cabernet that captivates with intense cassis, chocolate and cedary oak before a concentrated palate of blackcurrant fruit. This is polished ...

Cracka rating100
Region: Clare Valley
2014 O'Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling

2014 O'Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling

Polish Hill River is ground central for great Australian Riesling. The rocky soils, the warm days and cool nights - perfect for producing Riesling deliciousness! Speaking of delicious, this epic O'Leary Walker Riesling sits right up at the top of ...

Cracka rating100
Region: Clare Valley
2012 TWP Vermentino

2012 TWP Vermentino

Vermentino is so hot right now, a variety that is proving to be very well suited to the warm South Australian climate in particular. The attraction of a such is like this is that it marries a dry and refreshing palate with some welcome tangy chalk...

Cracka rating70
Region: Clare Valley
2013 Pikes The Merle Reserve Riesling

2013 Pikes The Merle Reserve Riesling

Pikes Clare Valley Riesling is a national icon and one of the most consistent whites from the Clare Valley. So you can only imagine how good their reserve Riesling is. Yes this is the Rolls Royce of Rieslings with all the bells and whistles thrown...

Cracka rating100
Region: Clare Valley
2013 Tim Adams Riesling

2013 Tim Adams Riesling

Tim Adams is one of the most successful, award winning winemakers in the Clare Valley. He makes styles that prosper in the region including Riesling and Shiraz. Tim’s Rieslings are always lauded for their delicacy and regionality and we are big fa...

Cracka rating90
Region: Clare Valley
2009 Clos Clare Cemetery Block Shiraz

2009 Clos Clare Cemetery Block Shiraz

Wine making is in the blood for Tom and Sam Barry whose family is responsible for the famous Jim Barry label from the Clare Valley. This is the younger generation of the Barry family spinning their own interpretations of the classic grape styles o...

Cracka rating90
Region: Clare Valley
2010 Scotchmans Hill Henry Frost Clare Valley Shiraz

2010 Scotchmans Hill Henry Frost Clare Valley Shiraz

This is a lovely choc-coated plum style of wine, that also shows smells of mocha and dried herbs. The palate is more medium-bodied, with a juicy plummy centre, slinky tannins, and an elegant raspberry and soft spice finish. Ideal with lamb cutlets

Cracka rating80
Region: Clare Valley