About The Pack
The changing face of McLaren Vale wine over the last decade or two has been amazing to watch.
Yes, there's still plenty of hefty, rich Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache to warm the cockles if that's your thing.
But there's a lighter side to McLaren Vale now too.
With more experimentation and more of a lean towards freshness and vitality in their red wines, the new wave of McLaren Vale producers coming through are adding a different shade to this famous region.
There's plenty to explore in modern McLaren Vale wine and this pack is a great place to start!
2019 Bondar Junto GSM
In only a few short vintages this dynamic couple have carved out a niche for their eponymous label as one of the most exciting and in demand wineries in McLaren Vale.
Drinkability is writ large across the range. The 'Junto' (Spanish for 'together') is a wine made for easily enjoying with friends and family. The 2019 version is just as good as ever.
The Grenache component a much less than in previous years (88%), the power of the 2019 vintage bringing a richer, more silky wine to bottle on release. This is as delicious as medium-bodied reds get from this part of the world.
Incredibly versatile and impossibly more-ish, Andre and Selina have done it again.Read more about 2019 Bondar Junto GSM
2018 Sherrah Red et Al
Winemaker Alex Sherrah's eponymous label is all about interesting medium bodied wines that showcase the changing face of modern McLaren Vale wine.
The Sherrah Red ed Al. is a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and, Nero d'Avola born from the soils of McLaren Vale. It's a tweak on the classic GSM blend the region does so well.
Cheery red fruit from the Grenache, a plummy centre from the Shiraz and an aromatic lift coming from the Nero d'Avola, the blend is spot on.
James Halliday rated it 95 points, it's solid, joyful drinking from a very good winemaker.Read more about 2018 Sherrah Red et Al
2018 Vanguardist MVG Grenache
This beautiful example of McLaren Vale Grenache comes from a rugged old bush vines planted in Blewitt Springs almost 50 years ago.
A delicate handling in the winery by winemaker Michael Corbett has perfectly preserved the ethereal quality that these old vines produce. The epic aromatics, the glorious texture, the vivaciousness of this wine is something to behold.
This is the quintessential modern McLaren Vale Grenache.
Gary Walsh of The Wine Front writes, "Cool, clean, rich in red fruit, but keeps itself neat and tidy... Outstanding." in his 95+ point review.
It's a stunning thing to drink.Read more about 2018 Vanguardist MVG Grenache
2018 Yangarra King’s Wood Shiraz
"The fruit shines here – it’s the hero and it’s obvious."
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
The King's Wood Shiraz is one of the premium, small batch releases in the excellent Yangarra portfolio.
One of the best portions of the Yangarra vineyard was selected for this wine. There were 25% whole bunches used in the ferment, the fruit hand-picked and carefully double-sorted for quality control before being hand-plunged and left to rest in a huge oak cask before bottling. Oak is well and truly in the background here. Winemaker Peter Fraser and team highlighting the quality and vibrancy of their fruit as the hero in this wine.
This is a pristine example of McLaren Vale Shiraz at its absolute best. Poised, polished and powerful, it's a beautiful wine with a long life ahead.Read more about 2018 Yangarra King’s Wood Shiraz
2018 Somos Aglianico
The Somos wines are the product of two enthusiastic young winemakers looking to make wines from new and interesting varieties grown in classic regions. Benjamin Caldwell and Mauricio Ruiz Cantu are the duo behind them, smart guys with some tasty things in production.
This is their delicious Aglianico sourced from a small vineyard in McLaren Vale. It was fermented as 50% whole bunches, striving for a perfumed and medium-bodied version of this late-ripening Italian variety.
Totally more-ish and one of our favourite Aussie AglianicosRead more about 2018 Somos Aglianico
2018 Dune Pyla
A new age McLaren Vale red wine here from the notable Lloyd family of Coriole fame. The brothers Duncan and Peter forging a new project from their Blewitt Springs vineyard.
Italian varieties have become one of the great stories of McLaren Vale, with Coriole doing plenty to champion these sun-loving grapes. Here, Nero d'Avola takes centre stage, surrounded by Negroamaro & Montepulciano as well as Rhone classics Carignan and Mourvedre.
The 2018 release is every bit as alluring as the ripping 2017 vintage - it's savoury, spicy and full of lush McLaren Vale dark fruit.
Not a foot wrong so far from this exciting rising McLaren Vale project.Read more about 2018 Dune Pyla