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!
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.Read more about 2021 Adelina McLaren Vale Shiraz
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.Read more about 2021 Main & Cherry Grenache
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!Read more about 2021 Brash Higgins FRNC Cabernet Franc
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.Read more about 2020 S.C. Pannell Aglianico
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.Read more about 2021 Bondar Junto GSM
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.Read more about 2020 Coates The Syrah