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McLaren Vale, SA Red Wines

Head south from Adelaide for 45 minutes along the coastline and you’ll hit the McLaren Vale wine region, which boasts stunning natural beauty, a Mediterranean climate, and some incredibly talented winemakers. Given that the region accounts for a small percentage of Australia’s total wine production and exports, it certainly punches above its weight in terms of quality, and we reckon the wines coming out of this region are some of the best in the country. McLaren Vale is where South Australian wine was born, and it has a rich and respected history of producing world-class Grenache, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. But it’s also one of Australia’s most exciting regions, with innovation, sustainability and diversity being driven by the producers and winemakers of McLare ...

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  1. Allegiance Wines Single Vineyard McLaren Vale Graciano 2020
    Herbs, blue fruits and spice on the nose. Mulberries, blueberries, spice, dried herbs and black pepper on the palate. This is drink by itself friendly, food friendly and just generally friendly, but in a serious kinda way. Because there’s no mistaking this wine is both classy and very well put together. Learn More
  2. Brickfielder Small Batch McLaren Vale Shiraz 2020
    Special Price $35.00 Regular Price $45.00
    A beautifully sweetly fruited McLaren Vale Shiraz designed for drinking any time over the next decade. We found rich black fruits, liquorice, spice and a little dark chocolate. This is an engaging and relatively easy to drink wine, with a powerful core of fruit, a long finish and fine tannins. Learn More
  3. Colab and Bloom McLaren Vale Montepulciano 2021
    Special Price $20.00 Regular Price $25.00
    The best vintage yet of this superb Monte from the Fleurieu Peninsula. A beautifully structured mid-weight wine. Powerful blue and black fruits, black cherry and bay leaf. Quite big by Monte standards with a decent lick of oak. Needs decanting to coax out the fruit suggesting that will be a long-lived wine. Learn More
  4. Colab and Bloom McLaren Vale Shiraz 2022
    Special Price $22.00 Regular Price $25.00
    A deep purple colour announces a wine of depth and intensity. Flavours include black cherries, plum, dark chocolate blackberries and white pepper finished with a little smoky oak. Tannins are fine and supple, drink over the next 10 years. Learn More
  5. Curtis 38 Year Old Tawny
    Special Price $70.00 Regular Price $100.00
    This Tawny has spent over 38 years in barrel slowly oxidizing and becoming aldehydic in the process. It is amber and brown in colour and packed with nuttiness and raisins. There is enough sweetness to make the palate lush and plenty of acid too which provides balance and a dry finish. A stunning fortified wine. Learn More
  6. Curtis Cavaliere Shiraz 2020
    Special Price $60.00 Regular Price $70.00
    Rich, decadent and smooth. Dark and milk chocolate, black fruits, plums, spice and cedar. Exceptional concentration and fine tannins to round things out. A great drink now which will cellar magnificently as well. Learn More
  7. Curtis Heritage Grenache 2021
    Special Price $22.00 Regular Price $35.00
    A beautifully fragrant Grenache packed to the gunnels with bright and delicious red fruits, spice and lip tingling acidity. Awesome with a range of savoury dishes, especially crispy pork. Learn More
  8. Curtis Limited Series Shiraz 2020
    Special Price $70.00 Regular Price $100.00
    This is a big cedary and black fruited beast of a Shiraz that is already drinking magnificently, but will also cellar for a decade or more. The structure and depth of black and blue fruits, and the length and persistence are exceptional. Learn More
  9. Curtis Small Batch Grenache 2022
    Special Price $60.00 Regular Price $85.00
    Candied raspberries dance around a core of dark fruits filled with cherries. An underlying richness leads to a length that doesn’t out stay it’s welcome. Crafted from 120+ year old vines out of McLaren Vale like it’s predecessor it treads the fine line between power and finesse. Learn More
  10. Curtis Small Batch Grenache Shiraz 2021
    Special Price $60.00 Regular Price $85.00
    Produced from 120-year-old Grenache bush vines and 80 year old Shiraz vines. The fruit is cold soaked for 14 days before a slow ferment. It is then pressed into new and 2 year old oak where it is allowed to mature 18 months. The resulting wine is deep and complex with black fruits, vanilla, plenty of cedar and spice leading to a long, generous and finely tannic finish. Learn More
  11. Curtis Small Batch Shiraz 2021
    Special Price $60.00 Regular Price $100.00
    A black, plush, and full-bodied Shiraz made from 80-year-old vines. Exceptional fruit intensity here, and weight of black fruits on the palate. Opulence is balanced by judicious acidity and there’re plenty of tannins driving through to an epic conclusion. Decant if you are going to enjoy now, otherwise cellar! Learn More
  12. Dandelion 'Firehawk Farm' McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018
    Special Price $50.00 Regular Price $60.00
    This is just the second release of Firehawk Farm which is produced from Dandelion’s finest vineyard. There is mammoth concentration of fruit here and perfect integration of fruit, oak and acid. Closed on opening, this morphs into an absolute stunner as is breathes and opens over several days. Sweet fruit, searing acid, savoury complexities, chocolate, graphite and blue fruits are all on show along with earthiness, cedar and plenty of tannin. This might just be the McLaren Vale’s best Shiraz. Learn More
  13. Dandelion Faraway Tree of McLaren Vale Grenache 2020
    Special Price $100.00 Regular Price $120.00
    A deep and intense wine packed with red cherries, black fruits, spice and cedar. Length and depth of fruit are exceptional. Enjoy now or cellar for up to 10 years. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Learn More
  14. Dandelion Lion’s Tooth of McLaren Vale Shiraz Riesling 2019
    Special Price $28.00 Regular Price $40.00
    A wine that is both rich and crunchy with black fruits mingling with reds thanks to the inclusion of a small percentage of Riesling juice and skins in the ferment. We saw cherries, chocolate, clove, spice and plenty of fine tannins. Decant if drinking now or cellar for a decade of more. Learn More
  15. Dandelion Lion’s Tooth of McLaren Vale Shiraz Riesling 2020
    Special Price $28.00 Regular Price $40.00
    A wine that is both powerful and zesty with black fruits ceding to citrus thanks to the inclusion of a small percentage of Riesling juice and skins in the ferment. There are plums, mulberries, spice, lavender, earth, citrus, balsamic and more in this powerful and complex blend. Decant if you are going to drink now – otherwise consider cellaring. Learn More
  16. Dandelion Moonrise Kingdom Shiraz Grenache Petite Sirah 2021
    Special Price $100.00 Regular Price $120.00
    Wow! A rich, voluptuous yet well-structured red from Dandelion’s biodynamic Firehawk Farm vineyard. Inky black fruits are pierced by blackberries and then scented with cedar and spice. Long, rich, and balanced. An exceptional wine. Learn More
  17. Dandelion Treasure Trove of McLaren Vale Grenache 2021
    Special Price $28.00 Regular Price $40.00
    New World take on an Old World fave. Still showing the signature Grenache trademarks on the nose with aromatic dark raspberries and red cherries, you might even find a little aniseed and other spice notes once it has had some time to open up. The palate offers an array of juicy red berry fruits and oh so subtle hints of vanilla with a touch of toasted cocoa even, little gifts given from the French Oak. Slightly grippy tannin to finish, so that wonderful fruit doesn't slide past you too quickly. Have a bit of fun and chill slightly in the warmer months! Learn More
  18. Dandelion Vineyards Lioness of McLaren Vale Shiraz 2021
    Special Price $24.00 Regular Price $30.00
    There's a power and density here not normally found at $30 a bottle. Fruit was treated gently, being basket pressed into a mix of older French and American oak. Beautiful florals, along with blue fruit and pepper before the black fruit reveal, alongside cedar and fine tannins. As Ned Goodwin offered: 'This is exceptional value for money.' Learn More
  19. Dandelion Vineyards Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz 2018
    Special Price $260.00 Regular Price $300.00
    A tiny patch of 111 year old Eden Valley Vines produces miniscule bunches of velvety Shiraz which are fermented wild with a high percentage of whole bunches. Lots of new oak here, lots of dark cherry, spice, plum, chocolate, black pepper and licorice. Good already with the promise of becoming exceptional. Learn More
  20. Dowie Doole Shiraz 2021
    Special Price $28.00 Regular Price $30.00
    A brilliantly complex yet powerful Shiraz. The Blewitt Springs plantings provide fragrance and delicious blue fruits, the California Road plantings bring blackstrap, black and blue fruits, power and chewy tannins. Wonderful already and should comfortably improve for more than a decade. Learn More
  21. Dowie Doole The Architect Single Vineyard Cabernet 2019
    Special Price $75.00 Regular Price $80.00
    Only 1300 bottles were made of this single vineyard, estate Grown Cab- a product of the best fruit Dowie Doole grew in the 2019 vintage. It is the best wine we've ever tasted from DD! This is varietal, rich, smooth, powerful and has complexities which are just beginning to emerge and which will become more obvious with time. Choc mint- plums, violets and cedary oak all on the go here. A high-end Cab which is both powerful and elegant and still clearly retains an unmistakable varietal stamp. That's pretty difficult to pull off, and DD have done it with aplomb. Learn More
  22. Haselgrove 'Catkin' Shiraz 2019
    Special Price $35.00 Regular Price $40.00
    A huge wine made from top quality fruit aged in spicy French oak. The result is full throttle Shiraz elegantly bridled by fine tannins and spice, which together season black fruits, cherries and plums. Drink now or any time over the next coupl’a decades. Learn More
  23. Heirloom Vineyards Alcala Grenache 2020
    Special Price $62.00 Regular Price $80.00
    A relatively big and rich Grenache offering red fruits, woodsmoke and lavender on the nose. The palate is full, loaded with blackberries, red fruits, savoury aspects and herbs. Needs decanting or cellaring. Learn More
  24. Heirloom Vineyards Alcala Grenache 2021
    Special Price $62.00 Regular Price $80.00
    What a stunner- crunchy redcurrants, raspberries, white pepper, and cherries in a generously textural setting, supported by cleansing acidity and framed by fine tannins. Medium bodied but powerfully fruited, this is an exceptional Grenache. Learn More
  25. Heirloom Vineyards Alcala Grenache 2022
    Special Price $62.00 Regular Price $80.00
    Another incredible Alcala Grenache – which has just picked up the Decanter World Wine Awards Grenache of the Year Trophy. First in a field of 89 entries from all over the world. Ripe plush fruits of strawberry and cherry without a hint of jamminess eats perfectly cedary French oak and gives you back this perfectly balanced and engaging, world-class wine. Learn More
  26. Heirloom Vineyards Anevo Fortress Grenache Touriga Tempranillo 2018
    Special Price $62.00 Regular Price $80.00
    Selected from Heirloom’s best McLaren Vale vineyard. We saw musk, plum skin, spice, cherries, earthiness, Earl Grey tea, blackberry and black pepper. A sense enveloping and incredibly beguiling wine finished with a dusting of fine powdery tannins. Magical. Learn More
  27. Heirloom Vineyards McLaren Vale Touriga 2016
    Special Price $30.00 Regular Price $40.00
    Blackfruits and sour red fruits, a dash of tar, an hint of roses and Earl Grey tea finishing with plentiful tannins. There’s a deep red fruit intensity shining through and a savoury edge here. An excellent food wine, different but delicious. Learn More
  28. Lloyd Brothers Hills & Coast Rosé 2023
    Special Price $18.00 Regular Price $20.00
    Light pink in colour with lifted floral aromas and a palate offering red berries, nectarine, red apple and strawberries. This rosé has a bright, refreshing finish and is best enjoyed chilled. Learn More
  29. Manser 100 Year Old Vines Blewitt Springs Reserve Grenache 2022
    Special Price $60.00 Regular Price $65.00
    This is Grenache at its brilliant best, loaded with juicy red and blue fruits - full bodied with fine tannins and a long finish. Fabulous aromatics, fabulous structure, fabulous flavour. Exceptional and flagged by a good portion of the tasting panel as their wine of the year. Decant and enjoy now or squirrel away for 10 years. Learn More
  30. Martins Vineyard Limited Shiraz 2020
    Special Price $100.00 Regular Price $150.00
    The Martins has maintained the exceptionally high standard it set with the 2018 vintage. Fruits are blacks and blues, with blueberries, blackberries, olive tapenade, cedar and vanilla populating a powerful and long palate. The tannins are polished, waxy and plentiful. The overall package, outstanding! Learn More
  31. Oliver's Taranga Shiraz 2021
    Special Price $28.00 Regular Price $32.00
    A beautifully silky and expressive mid-weight shiraz. Blackberries, plums, chocolate, with red fruits and great acidity too. While it is midweight, the fruit concentration is excellent and will satisfy you if you like your wines on the big side. A cracker, which will only improve with time. Learn More
  32. Pasha McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018
    Special Price $75.00 Regular Price $100.00
    This is thrilling! It’s old-school but perfectly balanced. ‘Tis packed with uber ripe, suppurating black fruits, dark cherry, compote, notes of furniture polish and spice, black pepper, chocolate, tobacco, and leather. The richness is tamed with good acidity, providing a backbone for all that expressiveness to hang on to and in so doing, show to best effect. Stunning! Worth getting in touch with us for mate's rates on this one. Learn More
  33. Richard Hamilton Centurion Shiraz 2019
    This is a brilliantly concentrated wine full of layers of flavour, texture and richness. Halliday’s ratings for the previous 10 vintages read thus... 97, 97, 95, 96, 97, 95, 96, 95, 96, 95... and this is as good as the very best vintage produced to date, perhaps a smidge better. Produced from a heritage plot of 120+ year old McLaren Vale vines, it will cellar 30 years plus. Learn More
  34. Zonte's Footstep Chocolate Factory Shiraz 2021
    Special Price $23.00 Regular Price $30.00
    We are massive fans of Zonte’s Chocolate Factory Shiraz! This edition, from the near perfect 2021 vintage, offers black cherries, spice, iron, mulberries, coffee and lush chocolate (of course). It is mid-weight, yet with concentrated fruit and the milk chocolate twist brings a little extra decadence to your glass. Superb and beautifully polished on opening, it is even better if you have the time to decant an hour or 2 before drinking. Learn More

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