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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! 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2019 Dune Blewitt Springs Shiraz

"Remarkable wine."
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.

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Australia Wide Deliveries outside of Sydney and Melbourne metro are all delivered with Australia Post's eParcel wine delivery service. They pick up from us at 12pm Monday through Friday. When your order has been dispatched you'll receive tracking information to your email. Unfortunately with the complications of Covid and expected Christmas surge Australia Post are being extremely vague about delivery times. You will need to have your order placed before midnight 10th of December if you want to ensure it’s there for Christmas.

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Warehouse Pickup is available at our Sydney warehouse at 3 Fig, Ultimo, 2007. You are not able to browse our warehouse shelves and we are not licenced to sell over the counter, so please place your order online or over the phone before arriving. Feel free to call on arrival on 1300 668 385 and we can bring your order out to your vehicle.

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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.

Does Different Drop have a physical store? No. More of a warehouse/office. We do however offer a Click & Collect option from our warehouse in Ultimo, Sydney. Our warehouse address for Click & Collect is: 3 Fig St, Ultimo, 2007/ Please make sure you have placed your order before arriving at the warehouse

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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