- The seaside wine region of McLaren Vale is home to an abundance of fresh local produce and world-class wines. The region’s history and ideal climate attracts wine innovators and traditionalists alike, resulting in a colourful offering of the old and the new. Try classics alongside alternative styles with the following six standout reds.
2017 Angove Family Winemakers The Medhyk Shiraz
Opaque purple with bright hues. Aromas of dark black berry fruit, bitter chocolate and liquorice with a touch of earthiness. Rich and full on the front of the palate with black cherry and berry fruit on the middle palate. The finish is long and well-structured.
RRP $65 | Drink to 2025 | angove.com
2020 Hither & Yon Carignan
Lifted and tightly packed nose of wild forest berries, raspberries, with dark herbal notes, tar and black spices. The palate is racy and tight but with an appealing wildness, a kick of tart mulberries carrying through a zippy and flavourful finish. Enjoy it lightly chilled with smoked meats and cheese, or with some chocolate ganache cake.
RRP $33 | Drink to 2025 | hitherandyon.com.au
2020 Paxton Grenache
Black fig, boysenberry and pink musk sticks with hints of smashed cardamom pods and dehydrated black cherries. Vivacious and juicy on entry with a smooth assertiveness through the mid palate, best enjoyed on a warm autumn day with sandwiches or a share table of flavour-packed Southeast Asian cuisine.
RRP $35 | Drink to 2030 | paxtonwines.com
2018 Yangarra Estate Shiraz
Aromas of red and blue fruits, supported with complexity of earth, chocolate and liquorice. The wine’s supple, fine and long tannins paired perfectly with rich and full- flavoured dishes such as grilled eggplant moussaka, or wagyu beef burgers.
RRP $35 | Drink to 2028 | yangarra.com
2018 Beresford Classic Shiraz
A rich full palate of fleshy mulberry fruits and vanilla spice with some fine, powdery tannins evident. A well-balanced, elegant McLaren Vale Shiraz classically paired with whole roast lamb shoulder with crispy potatoes and anchovy gremolata.
RRP $25 | Drink to 2028 | beresfordwines.com.au
2017 Blewitt Springs Wine co Reserve Shiraz
Hints of dark plum, black cherry, liquorice, spice, and vanilla. This single-vineyard wine has great acid balance, good length, and tight fine tannins – perfect when paired with barbecued meats, braised beef, dark chocolate and hard cheeses.
RRP $65 | Drink to 2032 | blewittspringswineco.com.au
*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.
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