McLaren Vale Wines
The McLaren Vale region is quite well known for it dry red wines, especially the ones that are made from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Other types of wines in the region are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. White wine varieties of the region include Semillon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, and Riesling. In some of the recent years other wineries have started to begin using some less common varieties too. Varieties such as Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Barbera, Cinsaut, Vermentino, and Viognier.
McLaren Vale Wines
Notably, for producing the Shiraz, the grape is by far one of the most important varieties of the region that accounts for about 50% of the total crush that happens in the region. The area is embodied with thin soils, a limited amount of water and warm summers. These conditions would harness Shiraz’s natural gifts and visor. They can produce intense flavored fruit, and wine that has a beautiful deep purple color and can last for decades in the bottle. One can identify McLaren Vale wines by their ripeness, stature, structure, strong taste and complexity. McLaren Vale has around 3218 hectares area that grows Shiraz under vine. Other major varieties that are included are the Cabernet Sauvignon with 1288 ha planted, Chardonnay has a total of 722 ha planted, and Grenache with 402 ha. A lot of this area has dry-grown (non-irrigated) bush vines planted.
Shiraz is currently harvested from late February to early April. McLaren Vale Shiraz has a very strong character and taste for berry and spice characters with some dark chocolate and liquorice flavor. On the other hand, Shiraz of the cooler sub-regions has a well defined ripe raspberry characters. We know McLaren Vale Shiraz for its great softness and the rolling palate. Many winemakers in McLaren Vale would prefer to blend their final Shiraz from a different variety of sub-regions that would add complexity. McLaren Vale can naturally produce Shiraz that has smaller berries than other wine varieties. Smaller berries have a higher skin to pulp ratio. Berry skin contains flavanols and Anthocyanins that add to wine stature and complexity. Most winemakers here in Australia produce at least one Shiraz wine.