South Australia

The "historic heart of Australian wine."

Key varieties: Shiraz (syrah), cabernet sauvignon, grenache, riesling

"South Australia is a very important wine producing state responsible for almost 50% of Australia’s annual production. It is also home to some of the most famous regions, historic estates and the oldest vines in the country. 

Straddling the centre of Australia, South Australia produces the majority of the nation’s wine. The State also boasts some of the oldest vines in the world. The venerable old vines found in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills, through their isolation, survived the great phylloxera plagues that wiped out the vines of North America, Europe and Australia’s eastern vineyards. 

Quarantine restrictions were introduced that saved South Australia’s vines from phylloxera and ensured the State retained its grape growing status. 

There is a multitude of different soil types and local mitigating influences such as altitude and cooling ocean breezes that allow for a wide range of wine styles and qualities. South Australia also has a diverse range of regions from the relatively warm temperate climate of the Barossa Valley; to the maritime precincts of McLaren Vale, the Fleurieu Peninsula's Currency Creek, Langhorne Creek and Southern Fleurieu; the cooler Adelaide Hills region and the hot climate of the Riverland region on the Murray River. " - Wine Australia

Map courtesy : James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia (Hardie Grant Books 2008)

  • Adelina Nebbiolo 2016

    Region: SA- Adelaide Hills

    "From the notable vineyard in Adelaide Hills, Bowe Lees and Loveys. Extended skin contact (across two different maceration lengths) is part of the motif, as is maturation in large format oak. If the 2015 release was ‘generous’, in my words, this is...

    Current stock: 10

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  • Adelina Watervale Riesling 2019

    Region: SA- Clare Valley

    WINE FRONT 95 POINTS!  "Grown on the Gullyview vineyard, planted 2001, terracotta red dirt on lime base. Exotic spice, talc and lavender over juicy lime. It’s explosive with tight acidity, a fine chalk dust grip and texture, a tingle...

    Current stock: 7

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  • Aphelion Emergent Mataro 2017

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale

    "Mataro, three vineyards, the Aphelion way. Some very long maceration involved too, which kind of suits mataro at times. Fleshy, deeply-flavoured, architectural red – layers of dark fruit, peppery spice, herbal character, savoury nuttiness, earthiness...

    Current stock: 2

    $34.00
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  • Ashton Hills Piccadilly Chardonnay 2019

    Region: SA- Adelaide Hills

    The result is a complex chardonnay with beautiful fruit weight and natural acidity!   "When Stephen George first planted his three-hectare Ashton Hills vineyard in the early 1980s, 12 different varieties went into the ground. Years of trials led...

    Current stock: 2

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  • Ashton Hills Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir 2019

    Region: SA- Adelaide Hills

    MORE RESTRAINT AND SAVOURY STRUCTURE THAN PREVIOUS VINTAGES. A TERRIFIC RELEASE FROM ASHTON HILLS AGAIN! "For this wine, winemaker Stephen George has always been happy to venture outside his own Estate’s boundaries and explore other sites in the...

    Current stock: 17

    $35.00
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  • Balnaves Entav Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    93 POINTS - JAMES HALLIDAY!    "A 79/15/6% blend and a stunning purple-crimson; aromas working overtime with florals, a touch of pepper and spice with bright red and purple fruits all following through on the medium-bodied and buoyant palate...

    Current stock: 8

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  • Balnaves The Blend Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    JAMES HALLIDAY 93 POINTS! "SENSATIONAL VALUE"  "68% Merlot 30% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Petit Verdot. Deep red colour, the nose shows soft round satsuma plum and blackberry fruit aromas with a spicy vanillan note from the oak. Light to medium...

    Current stock: 12

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  • Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet 2013

    Region: SA- Coonawarra

    James Halliday 97 points!"Hand-picked from a single vineyard; 40% long maceration on skins, matured for 20 months in new deluxe French chateau barriques (60% new). Deeply coloured, it is the quintessence of Coonawarra cabernet, with an immensely long...

    Current stock: 8

    $97.00
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  • Bondar Wines Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2018

    Region: SA- Adelaide Hills

    James Halliday 97 Points! "A complex wine, but there's no suggestion of its fruit being compromised by winemaker's thumbprints. It has perfect balance and a freshness to the white peach, melon and grapefruit flavours. The finish and aftertaste are the...

    Current stock: 16

    $33.00
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  • Bondar Wines Junto Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2018

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale

    95 POINTS- HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2020!   "JUNTO (Spanish, Portuguese): 'Together' This wine brings together traditional friends Grenache (70%), Shiraz (20%) and Mataro (9%) with just a tiny touch of Counoise dropped in the mix (let’s call...

    Current stock: 7

    $26.00
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