Regions >> South Australia
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Situated in the hills behind Adelaide is South Australia’s oldest wine region. Today the Adelaide Hills is home to over 20 cellar door facilities and to more than 50 wine labels. Complex but elegant wines are par of the course with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and intensely flavoured Sauvignon Blanc leading the way.
Quite simply the epicentre of the Australian wine industry in terms of which wine companies where founded and in some cases still headquartered there and the fact that grape growing and winemaking has been the unchallenged concern of it’s residents for more than 150 years.
Shiraz is king in this region, the style is full blooded, rich in dark red fruits, with a hint of chocolate. Cabernet Sauvignon follows a similar path, beautifully strong, rich in colour, flavour and structure.
Most of Australia’s finest Riesling hails from the Clare Valley, and the importance of its style on a global scale cannot be underestimated. The main contributing factor to it’s definitive characteristics is that nowhere else in the world is Riesling made in the style as it is in the Clare Valley.
Flavours of passionfruit, lime and steely texture permeate the wines when young, whilst over time they develop toasty characters that build in complexity for many years. The other exceptional wine of the region is Cabernet Sauvignon, rich and concentrated as any wine to be found in Australia.
Coonawarra’s mantle as one of Australia’s penultimate red wine regions stands in bleak contrast to the fact that up until the mid 1900’s most of the wine was of such poor quality that it was distilled into Brandy. The region’s unique Terra Rossa soil with it’s Limestone base produces Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz covering a broad palate of flavours. Flavours of blackcurrant, plums, cherries and prunes permeate the regions red wines without aggressive astringency or tannin.
Langhorne Creek, South Australia
Up until 5 years ago one of the least known of all Australian wine regions. Since that time Langhorne Creek has bedazzled consumers with the emergence of a number of single estate producers drawing on vineyard plantings that were normally reserved for contractual arrangements with Australia’s multinational wine companies. Opulent red wine, full bodied and concentrated fruit flavours with mouth filling fine tannins are what this region does best.
McLaren Vale, South Australia
With more than 50 cellar doors in the region, McLaren Vale is the de facto home of the small producer. Shiraz from this area is not of the pepper and spice kind that one experiences from cooler climates, but densely coloured and richly flavoured.
McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon is full flavoured and opulent whilst the present renaissance in Grenache & Mouvedre (found in the regions Rhone styled blends) produce wines of extraordinary rich flavours.