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McLaren Vale

panoramic view of mclaren vale

McLaren Vale is a South Australian vineyard area of great historical significance on the Fleurieu Peninsula. It is located south of Adelaide whose urban developments directly encroach upon its northern-most borders. John Reynell, of Chateau Reynella fame, planted Australia's first vines here in 1838 and this wine region can still boast many vines in excess of one hundred years old. It is best known for its richly flavoured, complex red Shiraz, Grenache and spicy Cabernet Sauvignon wines from such noted producers as d'Arenberg and Kay Brothers with the production of white wines focused mainly on the ubiquitous Chardonnay although both Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon can also be very successful. A recent trend has seen Iberian and Italian grape varieties planted with good results.

McLaren Vale possesses a variety of topographical features with a wealth of soil types. The increasing attention on terroir is being led by a local initiative known as Scarce Earth which is dedicated to decoding the influence of geology, topography, soil and climate with a focus on single block Shiraz wines. The vineyards north of the small town of McLaren Vale itself has thinner topsoil and it is here that the yields are lower and intensity of flavour greater. Various loam soils with clay-based sub-soils predominate throughout the region. The Mediterranean climate is influenced by the Mount Lofty mountain range to the east and the coastal area on the Gulf St. Vincent to the west both of which serve to moderate conditions. It should be remembered that wine-making is still a fairly recent endeavour, historically speaking, in the “New World” and the identification of special terroirs is not as highly developed as it is in “old world” countries such as France.

McLaren Vale is home to 656 vineyards, 542 grape growers and 80 wineries in total all of which are phylloxera free. Approximately 20% of the planted vineyard area is cultivated without the use of irrigation but the reminder has benefited from one of the most advanced water recovery systems anywhere – a positive advantage in the recent drought years and a blueprint for similarly affected areas elsewhere.

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  1. Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards Block 6 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2004

    Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards Block 6 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2004

    Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards Block 6 Shiraz is a real blockbuster wine that was made from 114 year old vines .

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Shiraz
    Country Australia

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  2. Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2003

    Delicious South Australian Shiraz, the 2003 vintage has a powerful and deep nose of dark berry fruit. Dark red in colour with a sumptuous palate of blackcurrant with hints of pepper, licorice and vanilla and notes of savoury game.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Syrah
    Country Australia

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  3. Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2004

    Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2004

    This is a wonderful wine from one of McLaren Vale's very best wineries. Rated as "superb" by Robert Parker no less.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Shiraz
    Country Australia

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  4. Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2005

    This Hillside Shiraz is another triumph which has real class. It is a great example of a Shiraz from the McLaren Vale. The wine is deep purple in colour and is full-bodied with smooth tannins.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Shiraz
    Country Australia

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  5. Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2006

    Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2006

    Very big, dense Australian red wine but with great structure and acidity. Typically spicy fruit and a long finish to savour.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Shiraz
    Country Australia

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  6. Two Hands, Lily's Garden Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2004

    Two Hands, Lily's Garden Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2004

    A McLaren Vale Shiraz made from premium grapes that is drinking superbly now and for the next 5 years at least.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Shiraz
    Country Australia

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  7. Two Hands, Lily's Garden Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2005

    Two Hands, Lily's Garden Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2005

    Lily's Garden McLaren Vale Shiraz, 2005, is a rich wine with richness and power yet slightly more elegant than the previous vintage.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Shiraz
    Country Australia

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  8. d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier, McLaren Vale, 2008 (Magnum)

    d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier, McLaren Vale, 2008 (Magnum)

    This magnum of d'Arenberg's Laughing Magpie Shiraz-Viognier 2008 blend has a good colour with a highly perfumed bouquet and an abundance of black fruits, savoury charcuterie, and a suggestion of violets.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Shiraz, Viognier
    Country Australia

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  9. d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier, McLaren Vale, 2009

    d'Arenberg Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier, McLaren Vale, 2009

    The Laughing Magpie is another superb fruit-forward and full bodied red from the famous d'Arenberg winery of McLaren Vale. Amongst the strong ripe fruity notes of this Shiraz Viognier blend are hints of violets, raisins and spice.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Shiraz, Viognier
    Country Australia

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  10. d'Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, 2007

    d'Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, 2007

    D'Arenberg's The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, 2007 is a deep and dark red wine, almost to the point of being black. The nose is intense with varietal cassis and mint balanced with an earthy leafiness, hint of eucalyptus and of dark chocolate.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
    Country Australia

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