The most important and warmest region is McLaren Vale GI, a predominantly red wine area focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhône varieties. Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvèdre (Mataro) show rich, textural, full body and tend toward jam or dried fruit flavors. The three are often blended, although varietal Grenache is resurgent.
Clandestine #1 McLaren Vale Grenache 2015
This wine boasts a bright magenta color with the nose showing spicy red berry fruit with underlying gravelly, loamy characters. The palate is vibrant, revealing cherries and five spice, but as the wine opens in the glass these develop into darker, wild fruits which dance across the mid-palate. The finish is long with a touch of toasty, soft oak tannin.
90 pts. Wine Spectator
Wirra Wirra Church Block McLaren Vale CSM 2014
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot
Deep plum with vivid red hues. Fragrant cassis and dark plum with a cabernet leafy note. The dark fruits are complexed with chocolate, tobacco and cedar notes. Rich red and black fruits fill the mouth. Raspberry, red currant and plum fruits are balanced with fine sandy tannins and cedar oak. This medium to full bodied wine has a lovely balance and style in true Church Block character.
Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Shiraz, 13% Merlot
91 pts. James Suckling