McLaren Vale

"McLaren Vale is one of the great and oldest names of Australian wine. The birthplace of wine in South Australia, it lies just south of the capital city of Adelaide and offers a multiplicity of soils which bask under a Mediterranean climate... nestled between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the white, sandy beaches of the Gulf of St Vincent. It offers exceptional wines and regional produce all set amongst rolling vineyards, a rugged coastline and a charming collective of villages.

With so much to offer winemakers and with its natural propensity toward change and experimentation, it’s not surprising that that McLaren remains a draw for some of the most creative winemakers around. These winemakers add to the vibrancy of a region that for decades has been lauded for its ability to produce brilliance from an array of noble varietals like Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon to newer arrivals like Nero d’Avola, Fiano and Vermentino.

McLaren Vale is a region of beauty with a focus on quality and innovation that ensures its reputation will continue to grow and grow. McLaren Vale is also one of the more environmentally conscious regions in Australia with a large percentage of producers farming organically, biodynamically or employing sustainable farming methods." - Wine Australia

Map courtesy of Wine Australia

  • S C Pannell Koomilya JC Block Shiraz 2018

    S C Pannell Koomilya JC Block Shiraz 2018

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale
    Farming Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    WINE FRONT 96+ POINTS!

      "A single block planted 46 years ago. 20% whole bunch, second and third fill puncheons. 1,900 bottles produced. Great to taste these three single block Koomilya wines together, but this is the one that really makes you go ‘Woah!’...

    Current stock: 6

    $115.00
    Add to Cart
  • S C Pannell Koomilya GT Block Shiraz 2018

    S C Pannell Koomilya GT Block Shiraz 2018

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale
    Farming Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    WINE FRONT 95 POINTS!

      "This is a single block, grafted over 30 years ago onto Gewürztraminer planted in 1974. No whole bunch, 20% new puncheon, and then 2800 litre vats. Dead set, the roots remember their origins here, because the wine shows all sorts of GT like...

    Current stock: 6

    $115.00
    Add to Cart
  • S C Pannell Koomilya DC Block Shiraz 2018

    S C Pannell Koomilya DC Block Shiraz 2018

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale
    Farming Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    WINE FRONT 96 POINTS!

      "Vines planted 46 years ago, 22% whole bunch, raised in second and third fill puncheons. The vineyard is a great place to visit, has a sort of ‘secret garden’ feel about it, but don’t mind me. They’re also doing good...

    Current stock: 6

    $115.00
    Add to Cart
  • Bondar Wines Violet Hour Shiraz 2020

    Bondar Wines Violet Hour Shiraz 2020

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale
    Farming Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    FRESHNESS AND FLAVOUR IN SPADES. A DEFINING, BARGAIN MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ

      "Hand-picked fruit from 65+ year old vines planted on our Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale.  This wine pays homage to the Bondar style with fragrance and a lightness of touch. We used whole bunches and extended time on skins, which...

    Qualifies for 10% discount in a straight dozen

    $30.00
    Add to Cart
  • Bondar Wines Rayner Vineyard Shiraz 2019

    Bondar Wines Rayner Vineyard Shiraz 2019

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale
    Farming Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    JAMES HALLIDAY 96 POINTS! REAL REVIEW 95 POINTS!

      "Despite the heat spikes of a warm year, the sandy blocks across the vineyard thrived. A cool finish to the season, providing perk. All things done right: picking window, use of whole bunches (20%) and a long extraction. Mostly older wood. A...

    Current stock: 10

    $45.00
    Add to Cart
  • Bondar Wines Rayner Vineyard Grenache 2020

    Bondar Wines Rayner Vineyard Grenache 2020

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale
    Farming Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    JAMES HALLIDAY 95 POINTS!

      "The articulation of this exalted site in such deft hands elevates Bondar into the top-tier. Limited to the likes of Thistledown, Yangarra, Samson Tall and Beckett. Now, these guys. Planted in 1970. Hand picked. Ambient ferment with 20% bunches...

    Current stock: 11

    $40.00
    Add to Cart
  • Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz 2018

    Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz 2018

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale
    Farming Vegan-friendly Organic Sustainably-made

    WINE ADVOCATE 97 POINTS!

        "“simply a terrific example of Block 6 Shiraz – perhaps the best I’ve had the privilege to taste” 97 POINTS - Wine advocate   "Stately 126 year old vines. Raised in 40% new American and French oak...

    Qualifies for 10% discount in a straight dozen

    $135.00
    Add to Cart
  • Hickinbotham Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

    Hickinbotham Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale

    97 POINTS JAMES HALLIDAY! 96+ POINTS WINE FRONT! 94+ POINTS WINE ADVOCATE!

      "This is just ballistically good. If this was made by Penfolds they’d charge you 500 bucks for it. It has might and power but it’s not over the top; fruit-wise it’s ‘only’ medium in weight and, indeed, it boasts...

    $75.00
    Add to Cart
  • Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2019

    Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2019

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale

    97 POINTS WINE ADVOCATE! 97 POINTS WINE FRONT!

      "Hickinbotham's 2019 The Peake Cabernet Shiraz is a 56-44 blend of the two varieties, aged in around 50% new French oak. Blended from selected barrels, it ratchets up the intensity even further than the Trueman Cab or Brooks Road Shiraz, while...

    Current stock: 5

    $175.00
    Add to Cart
  • Coriole Picpoul 2021

    Coriole Picpoul 2021

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale
    Farming Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    THIS VARIETY FROM SOUTHERN FRANCE HAS FOUND A HOME IN MCLAREN VALE. DELIGHTFUL AND FRESH!

      "We planted Australia’s first piquepoul vineyard in 2010 after falling in love with this delightful southern French variety. It's the last variety that we pick and bring into the winery, and is well suited to our McLaren Vale climate. The...

    Current stock: 5

    $25.00
    Add to Cart
  • S C Pannell Koomilya Shiraz 2017

    S C Pannell Koomilya Shiraz 2017

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale
    Farming Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    WINE COMPANION 98 POINTS!

      "From one small section (known as the GT block) of a prized vineyard in the Upper Tintara subregion of McLaren Vale, now in the hands of Steve Pannell. 16% whole bunch, wild ferment, 20% new oak in the maturation cycle. This is a most distinctive...

    Qualifies for 10% discount in a straight dozen

    $67.00
    Add to Cart
  • S C Pannell Tempranillo Touriga 2018

    S C Pannell Tempranillo Touriga 2018

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale
    Farming Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    WINE COMPANION 95 POINTS!

      "Sometimes, partnerships just work and sync immediately. Like these two Iberian varieties. Comfortable together, complementing the qualities of each to make an harmonious drink. Dark fruits, red and black licorice, roasted coffee beans, wood char...

    Current stock: 9

    $29.00
    Add to Cart
  • Hickinbotham Brooks Road Shiraz 2019

    Hickinbotham Brooks Road Shiraz 2019

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale

    JAMES HALLIDAY 95 POINTS! HUON HOOKE 94 POINTS!

      "A blend of three distinctive blocks on loams, silt and clay. No whole bunch. Gently extracted by wetting the cap and racking/returning. Circa 20 days on skins. 6 months in puncheons. 6 more in foudres and a concrete egg. A corpulent wine, lush...

    Current stock: 2

    $75.00
    Add to Cart
  • Sons of Eden Kennedy Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2019

    Sons of Eden Kennedy Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2019

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale
    Farming Vegan-friendly

    GREAT VALUE GSM FROM A TOP QUALITY PRODUCER

      "Bright crimson in colour and bursting with complex cherry, blood-plum and cinnamon spiced aromas. The palate is delicious, combining a blend of red-fruit and savoury flavours amid a rounded and fleshy core. The wine has excellent length and...

    Qualifies for 10% discount in a straight dozen

    Current stock: 23

    $26.00
    Add to Cart
  • Coriole Nero 2020

    Coriole Nero 2020

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale
    Farming Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    A VIBRANT RED FROM MCLAREN VALE

      "Fermented as whole berries in beeswax-lined vessels with 15% whole bunches. Aged in a small amount of neutral oak. Dark plum, Asian medicinal riffs and a gentle swathe of dusty tannins across a broad finish. A wine designed for early drinking."...

    Current stock: 6

    $27.00
    Add to Cart
  • S C Pannell Smart Grenache 2019

    S C Pannell Smart Grenache 2019

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale
    Farming Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    96 POINTS JAMES HALLIDAY! WINE FRONT 95 POINTS!

      "Elevated old-vine Clarendon sourcing. Intense aromas of molten cherry liqueur, orange amaro, bergamot and cranberry. A fine vinous pulse, drawing the fore with the aft. Long attenuated filigreed tannins, sandy to be sure, but very fine. This is...

    Current stock: 11

    $58.00
    Add to Cart
  • S C Pannell Old McDonald Grenache 2019

    S C Pannell Old McDonald Grenache 2019

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale
    Farming Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    WINE FRONT 96 POINTS!

      "Vineyard planted in 1946, 80 metres above the sea in Blewitt Springs. Big old oak. 20% whole bunch. Dark cherry, raspberry, liquorice root, clay, and sweet spice. Firm, dried rose perfumed and packed with ripe red fruits and cherry, plenty of...

    Current stock: 10

    $58.00
    Add to Cart
  • First Drop Mother's Ruin Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    First Drop Mother's Ruin Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale

    JANCIS ROBINSON 17/20!

      "Deep ruby with some brick at the rim. After a run of Shirazes, this is so distinctive in its unashamed Cabernet character. Leafy, minty cassis with a strong cassis-leaf fresh aroma. Dry, super-fine tannins giving shape to this lovely Cabernet...

    Current stock: 7

    $25.00
    Add to Cart
  • Hickinbotham Brooks Road Shiraz 2019 GIFT

    Hickinbotham Brooks Road Shiraz 2019 GIFT

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale

    WOODEN PRESENTATION BOX CONTAINING THIS "SOLIDLY BUILT SHIRAZ"

    JAMES HALLIDAY 95 POINTS! HUON HOOKE 94 POINTS!   "A blend of three distinctive blocks on loams, silt and clay. No whole bunch. Gently extracted by wetting the cap and racking/returning. Circa 20 days on skins. 6 months in puncheons. 6 more in...

    Current stock: 8

    $75.00
    Add to Cart
  • Ulithorne Paternus Cabernet Shiraz 2015

    Ulithorne Paternus Cabernet Shiraz 2015

    Region: SA- McLaren Vale

    95 POINTS JAMES HALLIDAY!

      "Dense, deep purple; you might expect this to be ultra-full-bodied and dense with ripe fruit flavours - the reality is very different: dark and swarthy, with black olive tapenade flavours and a latticework of tannins. Unusual for McLaren Vale,...

    Current stock: 1

    $70.00
    Add to Cart