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Adelaide Hills, SA Red Wines

The GI (Geographic Indicator) region of South Australia’s Adelaide Hills is one of Australia’s premier cool-climate wine growing areas.

Located just outside of the city of Adelaide, and nestled between the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills is a large, diverse region that includes two sub-regions: Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood.

With around 50 cellar doors along its narrow 70km stretch, Adelaide Hills boasts altitudes of up to 650 metres, meaning it has a cooler climate than the surrounding wine regions. Sauvignon Blanc is the most commonly grown grape in the Adelaide Hills, followed by Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

The unique climate and geography of the Adelaide Hills means the wines produced in this region are elegant and worthy of their increasing reputation when it comes to great Aussie wines. Check them out for yourself – these are the wines that our tasting panel loved:

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  1. Colab and Bloom Tempranillo 2021
    Special Price $22.00 Regular Price $27.50
    A single vineyard temp from and highly regarded Macclesfield Vineyard. Medium-bodied with an emphasis on red fruits, violets, cherry, hints of cola, and spice. Length is good, perfect with Tapas. Learn More
  2. Elysian Springs 'Spring Lamb' Syrah 2019
    Special Price $28.00 Regular Price $35.00
    Showing exceptional colour, this Syrah immediately presents flavours of black and blueberries, cherry, and a hint of white pepper. It delivers a beautiful velvet trail with oak detected in the background. This is a quintessential modern Australian shiraz that is absolutely worthy of your consideration. Learn More
  3. Heirloom Alcazar Castle Pinot Noir 2021
    Special Price $70.00 Regular Price $80.00
    Expressive, grounded, powerful, playful. This is an exceptional Pinot Noir sourced from a single vineyard in Charleston. Red and purple aromatics lead to a powerful yet aquiline palate offering roses, cherries, violets, spice, must and toastiness. The palate is long and the tannin finish fine. The acidity elevates the fruit. Exceptional. Learn More
  4. Heirloom Vineyards Adelaide Hills Syrah 2021
    Special Price $30.00 Regular Price $40.00
    High quality fruit from the Charleston vineyard is 30% whole bunch fermented and basket pressed into 20% brand new French oak for a year and a bit. A midweight Syrah, or Shiraz if you prefer, with dark and red fruits, plum and spice. Lovely Learn More
  5. Heirloom Vineyards Velvet Fog Pinot Noir 2023
    Special Price $38.00 Regular Price $40.00
    A very expressive nose offering a purple Pinot perfume and pristine red fruit aromatics along with spice. The palate is big by Pinot standards, laden with strawberries, savories, spice, salinity and beetroot. Sensational value. Learn More
  6. Manser 'Block 4' Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2021
    Special Price $60.00 Regular Price $65.00
    A favourite here at WD which we have stocked every vintage of to date. This release is both powerful and refined, with bright red and black fruits, cracked pepper and Turkish delight complexed by cinnamon, nutmeg and blackberry gel before finishing with a crescendo of fine tannins.

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  7. Riposte 'The Dagger' Pinot Noir 2023
    Typically fresh and zesty. this edition of the Dagger is brimful of with fresh red and forest fruits. A modern Pinot in style and unashamedly light to med bodied and made to enjoy young. That said, there's good fruit in this Pinot, which is of a genuinely high quality. Learn More
  8. Riposte 'The Sabre' Pinot Noir 2022
    Special Price $36.00 Regular Price $38.00
    The best Sabre we have seen to date. This multi clone blend (MV6, 1154, 115, D4V2, D5V12, and 18GM) is aromatic, succulent and drying, with cherries and savoury notes. The wine is just mid weight and offers delightfully ethereal aromatics and appropriate fruit weight on the palate. 25% French oak sees some lovely charry notes sliding into fine tannins on the finish. Learn More
  9. Sidewood Estate Shiraz 2021
    One of the most insane quality to price ratios on the planet. Hand tended vines are picked by a Pellenc select harvester, which pick just the absolute best fruit. 12 separate clones of Shiraz are fermented separately using wild yeast, given extended maceration on skins and matured in French oak for 15 months. Finally, only the best barrels are blended and bottled. That sounds to us like most high-end producer's $60-$100+ Shiraz. No surprise this has picked up 96 points from Halliday and 12 gold medals. Learn More
  10. Tomich Woodside Shiraz 2021
    Special Price $25.00 Regular Price $35.00
    A delicious, mid-weight perfumed Shiraz offering black and red fruits, dark chocolate, plums and pepper. The oak gives off cinnamon, cedar, and more, a complex amalgam which melds beautifully with the fruit. Learn More
  11. Wicks Estate CJ Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Special Price $35.00 Regular Price $45.00
    A full bodied, intense and varietal Cab from the warm 2018 vintage, tamed by close to 2 years’ maturation in 60% new French oak, and a few years bottle age. Drinking beautifully already, this offers black fruits, violet, tobacco leaf and dark chocolate. Works beautifully with all things lamb. Learn More
  12. Wicks Estate CJ Shiraz 2018
    Special Price $35.00 Regular Price $45.00
    Quite a big black beast, with oodles of black fruits, spice, cedar and depth of flavour. Excellent on opening, this also improves as it breathes and is a superb match for pretty much anything beefy. N.B. Masterchef fans, this has not been tested with Beef Ice cream. Learn More

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