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 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!
2020 Main & Cherry Gokotta
Here's yet another very 'modern Australian' red wine from the talented hands of winemaker Michael Sexton.
This juicy, jubey and joyous little number is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault, from a combination of Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale fruit, raised with minimal additions of any kind.
Beautiful to drink with a chill, and another home run for this producer on the rise.Read more about 2020 Main & Cherry Gokotta
2020 Bondar Nero
This is the second foray into Nero d'Avola for Andre and Selina at Bondar Wines.
It's a variety that should, by rights, be right up their alley. It's a variety that really pops out of the glass. It's juicy, bright, extremely glugable - all the things we typically associate with reds wines made by this McLaren Vale duo.
It comes as no surprise that they've knocked the first release out of the park. This is a winner.
They only sourced a small parcel of fruit for their first release. Only a total of 80 dozen were made. That's not going to go very far considering the speed we want to drink this at so get at it while you can.Read more about 2020 Bondar Nero
2020 Somos Mencia
The Somos range is constantly evolving with new delicious creations being added to the stable every year.
The latest new delight is this vibrant, bouncy Mencia nicknamed 'The Iberian Lynx' by the Somos lads.
Mencia is originally from Spain but it has found a happy home here in the Adelaide Hills. A bunch of different ferments combined here, some all whole berry, some with loads of bunches.
It's a bright, almost jubey red that they've put together. Bursting with sweet berry flavours and some spicy green herbs, this is another big win for the Somos duo.Read more about 2020 Somos Mencia
2020 Poppelvej Sort Sol Cabernet Franc
Juicy, crunchy McLaren Vale Cab Franc - it's a thing.
Following in the footsteps of the likes of Brad Hickey, Uffe is making a lighter, brighter shade of Cab Franc. It was fermented as whole berries (similar to the production methods in Beaujolais), then thrown over the lees of the Poppelvej Rose to make it even lighter on its feet.
It's soft, slurpy and seductive.
So much yes here. So much.Read more about 2020 Poppelvej Sort Sol Cabernet Franc
2020 La Petite Vanguard Grenache
"Such a lovely drink, now, or a fair bit later."
Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
The team behind Vanguardist uses the 'Petite Vanguard' label to experiment on certain parcels of fruit in order to find a better path in producing their excellent premium Vanguardist label.
The Grenache is a wine built for easy consumption, early drinking, and something that goes with a wide array of food styles.
The intense but low yielding vintage of 2020 supplied fruit that could handle plenty of whole bunch, as such about 50% of the Grenache this wine was fermented as whole clusters giving lightness and freshness to counteract the natural density of the fruit.
It's bright, lively and spot on for a fresh example of McLaren Vale Grenache.Read more about 2020 La Petite Vanguard Grenache
2019 Dune Blewitt Springs Shiraz
James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)
The Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale typically producers a softer, more approachable style of Shiraz.
Brothers Duncan and Peter Lloyd are making the most of the regional characteristics here to deliver a McLaren Vale Shiraz that can be enjoyed immediately, as opposed to the more hulking full-bodied styles that look best with a few years under their belt.
This is made with very little interference from the boys. The fruit quality of the stellar 2019 vintage doing all the work.
It's a ripe yet easy drinking Shiraz which will be very difficult to put down.Read more about 2019 Dune Blewitt Springs Shiraz