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Modern McLaren Vale Masterclass Pack

McLaren Vale, SA

Six new wave reds from the vibrant, ever-evolving region of McLaren Vale!

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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 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! 

2021 Adelina McLaren Vale Shiraz

"Col McBryde [is] one of the best winemakers in Australia, I reckon."
Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


Col McBryde at Adelina wanted to make a Shiraz that was a little different to their usual one - a bit more dark and broody, but still keeping the classic Adelina style.

So Col sourced some certified organic fruit from the McLaren Vale, coming from a ripper site in Kangarilla managed by two impeccable growers, Yanagrra's Michael Lane and Pete Fraser. We all know what great fruit and a deft touch equals.

It's got a focus more on dark fruit flavour than their Clare Valley reds, with chewy tannin and a bit more of a broodiness to its personality. Still inherently Adelina in style, it's something a little different - and incredibly delicious.

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2021 Main & Cherry Grenache

"...the same magic as young, high-quality pinot noir. Truly delectable."
James Halliday (The Weekend Australian)


How good is McLaren Vale Grenache?! These bright, gorgeous, ethereal reds - from the Blewitt Springs sub-region in particular - are just so perfect for growing and drinking under our Aussie sun.

This is Grenache 101 from Main & Cherry. Picked early to retain freshness and purity, this just bounces out of the glass with waves of red fruits and a nice lick of tannin.

Super drinking and super value.

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2021 Brash Higgins FRNC Cabernet Franc

"...it balances flavour with freshness, neatness with a bit of run and flair. In short, it’s delicious."
Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)


The Brash Higgins 'FRNC' is one of the trailblazing wines of its genre. This wine has been at the forefront of the new wave of fresh and vibrant Cabernet Franc sweeping across the wine regions of Australia.

Brad wants this wine to "focus on the aromatics and delicacy of the fruit, making it an ease to drink but still complex, age worthy." and he has achieved that unequivocally. It's pretty bang on for the Loire Valley style that Brad is chasing, too.

This small batch of fruit has made simply one of the most delicious and interesting wines of its ilk in the country. It sells out quicker every year, don't miss out!

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2020 S.C. Pannell Aglianico

"It’s deep in flavour, but fresh..."
Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


Aglianico, the great grape of southern Italy, is really finding its feet in the warm climes of South Australia, and McLaren Vale may prove to be the best spot for it.

Under the guidance of the legendary Steve Pannell, this is a rich but tangy big red, with grippy, slinky tannins, and a soul full of black and red fruits and spice.

The acidity and tannin will ensure a good long life but is certainly approachable right now.

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2021 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 Grenache component is a bit less in previous iterations, but still the main character, with Shiraz, Mataro and Carignan the supporting cast.

This is as delicious as medium-bodied reds get from this part of the world. Incredibly versatile and impossibly moreish, Andre and Selina have done it again.

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2020 Coates The Syrah

"Lushness and freshness, super syrah here with character lavished onto a drinker. Serious stuff."
Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


Shiraz out of the McLaren Vale labelled as Syrah, which is a good indication that this is not an oaky, sweet-fruited expression.

This is more French in outlook, dry, peppery and savoury with a beautifully flowing palate and a linear, pleasing finish. The idea here is an expensive imported wine that is a definite extended cellaring possibility.

The real McLaren Vale miracle here is that it's solid value! Great buying and great drinking.

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Australia Wide Deliveries To the rest of Australia we use Australia Post. The Australia Post Collection Truck picks up orders from our Sydney warehouse every weekday at midday. If your order is placed before 12pm we’ll get it on the truck that day. Delivery times vary considerably with Australia Post and unfortunately there is no Express Delivery Option for wine (because it is fragile and heavy). PLEASE NOTE that we are currently seeing significant delays in the Australia Post delivery network. Strict government health and safety requirements and very high parcel volumes are causing significant backlogs at the main NSW and VIC sorting facilities. Orders are still arriving safe and sound but you may notice slower delivery times and less frequent scanning updates than usual.

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Do I have to order in dozens? No, please mix it up! You can order wines in any quantity and variation you like. You can order 1 bottle or 50. We challenge you to make the ultimate mixed pack of wine!

Are there volume discounts? No, our pricing is designed to be the best in market already - no marking up and then discounting down! For very large orders (weddings, etc) we are open to negotiating though. Just give us a call.

Do we price match? Yes, within reason. Everyday low & consistent pricing is something we strongly believe in. We want our customers to feel confident they are always getting the best price. If you see a price lower somewhere else let us know and we'll consider matching it. We'll even retrospectively issue you store credit if you have already purchased from us but you see a lower price somewhere later on. Our price match policy can be seen here.

Can coupons and discounts be stacked? No, only one discount or coupon can be applied to an order at once.

I am trying to add more of a wine to my cart but it won’t let me? This means we are running low on stock of that wine. So for example, if the website will only allow you to add 3 bottles and no more, then that is all we have of that particular wine. The good news is we may be able to order more for you. Just contact us on 1300 668 385 or hello@differentdrop.com and we'll organise the additional quantity for you.

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Can I special order a wine you do not sell? If it’s doable, then we’ll make it happen. Just contact us directly via phone, chat or email and we’ll find out for you right away. Please note that in most cases special orders such as these will need to be in full case lots (6 or 12 bottles).

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