- Established in the early 1800s, South Australia’s McLaren Vale is one of Australia’s most historic winemaking areas. Although best known for reds like shiraz, grenache and cabernet sauvignon, the region’s climate also lends itself to the successful production of varieties such as fiano, vermentino, tempranillo and sangiovese. With so many varieties and styles on offer, we suggest you start here.
2017 Shingleback Red Knot Classified McLaren Vale Shiraz
This wine’s enticing, full-bodied palate makes it a perfect accompaniment to red meats or hearty pasta dishes. Primary aromas of blackberry and dark chocolate follow through to the palate, framed by chewy tannins and a slatey minerality.
2019 Hither & Yon McLaren Vale Rosé
This tempranillo rosé is best enjoyed cold alongside fresh salads and Asian dishes. Lifted aromas of rose petal, strawberries, raspberries, red candy, and light vermouth botanicals. Though juicy, there is texture and a firm, dry, refreshing finish.
2017 Angove Warboys Vineyard McLaren Vale Shiraz
A deep purple shiraz with noticeable blue hues. Initial aromas of forest floor and bitter chocolate precede intense spice and black fruits. The wine is restrained on the palate at first, before rich, intense fruit flavours emerge, framed by a great structure.
2017 Patritti JPB Limited Release McLaren Vale Shiraz
This powerful and distinguished shiraz will flourish with long-term cellaring, but it can be enjoyed immediately. Elegance and length follow superfine tannins and flavours of blue and black fruits. Dark chocolate is notable as a regional characteristic.
2017 Shottesbrooke Single Vineyard Bush Vine Grenache
This single vineyard grenache boasts a generous palate and a medium body that would pair wonderfully with a rich, slow-cooked beef and wild mushroom stew. Delightful flavours of dark plum and raspberries initially, followed by a lovely earthy, slightly savoury spice.
2016 d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz
This wine is vibrant and lifted on the nose with bustling red fruits and savoury spice. The palate is long, linear and pure, with tightly wound tannins and mouth-watering acidity. Beneath the layers of blueberry, pomegranate and plum is an intriguing earthy core.
RRP $18 | Drink to 2027 | shingleback.com.au
RRP $26 | Drink to 2021 | hitherandyon.com.au
RRP $44 | Drink to 2035 | angove.com.au
RRP $60 | Drink to 2037 | patritti.com.au
RRP $32.99 | Drink to 2027 |shottesbrooke.com.au
RRP $75 | Drink to 2040 | darenberg.com.au
*This article was produced by Halliday Wine Companion in partnership with the featured wineries.