Wine Lists

Six distinctive McLaren Vale wines to try

By Halliday Promotion

16 Jan, 2020

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. 

    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.     

    RRP $18 | Drink to 2027 |

  • 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.

    RRP $26 | Drink to 2021 |

  • 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.

    RRP $44 | Drink to 2035 |  

  • 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.

    RRP $60 | Drink to 2037 |    

  • 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.

    RRP $32.99 | Drink to 2027 |    

  • 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 $75 | Drink to 2040 |

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