McLaren Vale is one of the most geologically diverse wine regions in the world. Only 45 minutes south of Adelaide in South Australia, McLaren Vale is home to sustainable winegrowing, world-class wines and culinary experiences, as well as pristine natural attractions and unparalleled tourism offerings.
Best known for Shiraz, McLaren Vale also excels in the production of ultra-premium Grenache and Cabernet. Mediterranean varieties such as Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese are also very well suited climatically and provide wine lovers with yet another layer of discovery.
The region’s 30 kilometres of breath-taking coastline and ranges define McLaren Vale’s boundaries, and the distinct landscapes and environment within.
Shiraz (shi-raz – yep, exactly how it’s spelt)
Australia’s red wine champion, it is Australia’s oldest and most planted grape variety and a big fan favourite. You may have heard of Shiraz called Syrah (Sih-Rah); it’s exactly the same grape varietal. When Syrah arrived in Australia from its birthplace in France, us Aussies took to calling it Shiraz – perhaps because of our accent but for whatever reason ‘Shiraz’ stuck around.
Shiraz is one of the darkest red wines on the market, so dark in fact that if you were to hold a glass of the wine up to the light, you’d have a very hard time seeing through it. Shiraz is a full-bodied wine, which means it feels heavy in your mouth; and you’ll get flavours such as berries, pepper, tobacco, and even smoked meat. While Shiraz is the perfect accompaniment to meat, it really goes well with anything, so drink it with any food you enjoy eating.
Sangiovese (san joe VAE sae)
Sangiovese is the lifeblood of red wine in Italy and is the most planted red variety in Italian vineyards. Outside of Italy, Sangiovese planting is quite scarse but we don’t shy away from that at Batch X. We love it as it has proven to be well suited to the warm, maritime climate of the McLaren Vale region.
The wine is a medium intensity of colour – in between Shiraz and Pinot Noir. It’s also a very savoury wine with aromas and flavours of cherries and herbs. Because of this it pairs well with a wide range of foods such as pasta, pizza, roast dinners and even antipasti plates.