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Clare Valley wines to try

By Halliday Promotion

20 Feb, 2020

Nestled high in the Mount Lofty Ranges is the picturesque Clare Valley, known for a unique viticultural trilogy – sample its three standout varietals.

    The Clare Valley has varying altitudes, soil types and the cooling shade of ancient gum trees on its side, allowing it to cultivate a range of varieties successfully. Of these, three have emerged heroes – cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and riesling. Riesling is synonymous with the region, but it would be remiss to disregard its outstanding red varieties – true to South Australian form, Clare Valley produces powerful red wines, with cool nights adding bright acidity to concentrated, flavourful fruit. 

  • 2015 Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz

  • This flagship wine has aromas and flavours of cherry, plum and chocolate, accompanied by oak-derived characters of clove, nutmeg and vanilla. The Aberfeldy Shiraz is best enjoyed with red meat dishes and can be cellared for up to 20 years.    

    RRP $65 | Drink to 2035 |

  • 2019 Pikes The Merle Riesling

  • The Merle Riesling shows aromas of kaffir lime, lemon and citrus blossom, with subtle slate and wet stone nuances. The palate brims with fresh, ripe lime, mouthwatering acidity and talc-like texture, followed by a phenomenal acid line and length.

    RRP $50 | Drink to 2032 |

  • 2018 Kirrihill EB’s The Squire Shiraz

  • This wine is plush and powerful with intense fruit flavours and aromas, balanced by pronounced and abundant tannins that add structure and length. The oak influence is notable; this shiraz is for lovers of highly concentrated, dense and heavy reds – enjoy with barbecued ribs.

    RRP $65 | Drink to 2040 |

  • 2016 Knappstein Enterprise Cabernet Sauvignon

  • This cabernet is fragrant on the nose with blueberries, violets and a hint of spice. The palate is bright and structured with blue fruit flavours. Fine-grained tannins spread evenly across a generous palate and carry flavours of red cherry and cassis though to a well-composed finish. Enjoy with a 12 hour slow-roasted Lamb.

    RRP $53 | Drink to 2030 |

    Discover more about the Clare Valley in our essential guide.

    *This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.