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
167
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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NV Primo Estate Joseph Sparkling Red

NV Primo Estate Joseph Sparkling Red

Now, this is a sparkling red right out of the box! it's a multi-vintage shiraz, cab sav and merlot blend that has old Australian fortifieds added to it. The outcome is a sumptuous, cuddly style of sparkling that shows dense black fruits and mocha ...

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale
2008 d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz

2008 d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz

2008 is a tale of two vintages for red wines in McLaren Vale. Winter rain ensured the soil reached filled capacity and set the vines up perfectly with healthy balanced canopies. The pretty nose is very floral with violets, lavender and rose ...

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Region: McLaren Vale
2009 Penny's Hill Footprint Shiraz

2009 Penny's Hill Footprint Shiraz

The Footprint is Penny’s Hill top Shiraz and we think it’s tops too. The kind of Shiraz you can lose yourself in, thanks to its seductive perfume. It’s only made in exceptional vintages from some of the best fruit sourced to make a regional Shiraz...

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale
2009 Oliver's Taranga Vineyards Small Batch Cadenzia Grenach

2009 Oliver's Taranga Vineyards Small Batch Cadenzia Grenach

Produced as part of the Cadenzia program, which specifically highlights the goodness of McLaren Vale Grenache, this is a classic, full flavoured, rich Grenache that has that lovely combination of pretty red fruits and a deeper, sandier, darker hea...

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale
NV The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz

NV The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz

Sparkling Shiraz is one of the Australian wine industry’s great gifts to the world of wine and we don’t give this style enough credit. Winemaker Ben Riggs is proud of this Sparkling red that employs three- year-old Shiraz that’s been aged in oak b...

Cracka rating70
Region: McLaren Vale
2009 Coriole Vita Reserve Sangiovese

2009 Coriole Vita Reserve Sangiovese

Sangiovese has been an unsung hero for Coriole. They planted it in 1985, so they have a fair bit of experience with this Italian grape. Aromas of red cherries, hedgerow berries, and hints of soft spice adorn the nose. The palate is medium-boded an...

Cracka rating80
Region: McLaren Vale
NV Yarra Burn Sparkling Premium Cuvee Rose

NV Yarra Burn Sparkling Premium Cuvee Rose

If bubbly, glugable and value for money is what you are looking for, look no further than this dry, pink bottle of bubbles. There's lots of bright red fruit smells on the nose, along with some appealing earthy savouriness. The palate is smooth, ge...

Cracka rating70
Region: McLaren Vale
2012 Partisan White Label McLaren Vale Shiraz

2012 Partisan White Label McLaren Vale 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
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...

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Region: McLaren Vale
2010 Mitolo Savitar Shiraz

2010 Mitolo Savitar Shiraz

There is no two ways about this wine. It's a beast. A beast of a wine that is inky and heavy and unbelievably rich. Perhaps the only problem with this wine is that it is almost too big, too rich, too heady. Is that possible?

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale
2010 Mitolo Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Mitolo Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon

McLaren Vale Cabernet goes to northern Italy with this red, those famous dark berry McLaren Vale fruit flavours concentrated via the Amarone process which involves drying grapes on racks prior to fermentation, a method that super concentrates the ...

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale
2006 Yarra Burn Pinot Noir Chardonnay Rose

2006 Yarra Burn Pinot Noir Chardonnay Rose

This is in serious Rose territory with its multitude of fruit flavours and a finish that keeps on giving. Hide this away in the cellar and drink on the most special of occasions.

Cracka rating80
Region: McLaren Vale
2010 Clarendon Hills Brookman Syrah

2010 Clarendon Hills Brookman Syrah

The Clarendon Hills name has become a famous brand on the international scene with international collectors mad keen to get their greedy mitts on these prestige wines. Not a bad result for owner Roman Bratasiuk who has never been formerly trained ...

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale
NV Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Sparkling Red

NV Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Sparkling Red

Mmm sparkling red, perhaps the most Australian red wine around (seriously - Australia basically invented sparkling red wine).This fits into the big and busty sparkling red mould, built rich and powerful and generous and full. Lots of red bubbles l...

Cracka rating80
Region: McLaren Vale
2010 Clarendon Hills Liandra Syrah

2010 Clarendon Hills Liandra Syrah

A classic single vineyard Clarendon Hills red, this looks every bit the superstar wine. I'd even expect it to have groupies. Suffice to say that it's a full bodied red with bold, incredibly deep flavours on a wonderfully ripe, everlasting palate o...

Cracka rating100
Region: McLaren Vale
2012 Vinrock McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz Mataro

2012 Vinrock McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz Mataro

2012 was a pretty good year in McLaren Vale, and this juicy style of GSM would go down a treat with a steak drowning in mushroom sauce. Rich, red fruit smells rise from the glass, along with a dollop of chocolate and some star anise spices. The pa...

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale
2009 d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier

2009 d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier

The nose is beautiful with primary, dark fruits and a lifted, flowery cool-mint style note. With time in the glass the more savoury characters of spice and cooked meat begin to appear. The palate is robust and concentrated with great intensity...

Cracka rating80
Region: McLaren Vale
2009 Oliver's Taranga Vineyards DJ Reserve Cabernet Sauvigno

2009 Oliver's Taranga Vineyards DJ Reserve Cabernet Sauvigno

Named after the current viticulturist, Don Oliver, This is a powerful, compact wine that has plenty of everything! Heady smells of blackberry fruit, mocha and subtle mint adorn the nose, whilst the palate is full and lush with loads of dark plum a...

Cracka rating90
Region: McLaren Vale
2010 Mitolo G.A.M. Shiraz

2010 Mitolo G.A.M. Shiraz

G.A.M stands for the initials of the three Mitolo children - Gemma, Alex and Marco. This is a serious wine with a serious alcohol level (15%), however, it is amazingly well-balanced and shows super-ripe aromas of sweet dark berries, chocolaty oak ...

Cracka rating80
Region: McLaren Vale
2011 Vinrock McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Vinrock McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

Some good wines have come out of the 2011 McLaren Vale vintage, and this is certainly one of the more respectable offerings. Cassis, mint, crushed leaves and dark chocolate lift from the glass, whilst the palate is medium to fuller-bodied and gene...

Cracka rating80
Region: McLaren Vale