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McLaren Vale’s red wine blends

Updated: Mar 26

Some blends can be life changing, others are Nescafé Blend 43.

Thankfully we are not talking about the instant coffee they provide at a cheap motel. This is our guide to McLaren Vale red wine blends.

Here at Partner N Wine, we have tasted our fair share of red wine blends and have found some absolute winners in McLaren Vale.

Oliver’s Taranga Brioni’s Blend

When I was proposing to my now wife I decided to put together a picnic on the beach and I carefully chose a red wine blend. If she said yes we had a nice bottle of wine to share and celebrate, if she said no I had a nice bottle to drown my sorrows. She said yes, however I’m still convinced that the wine was a contributing factor. Brioni’s Blend is known in our household as ‘Proposal Wine.’ A blend of Mataro, Touriga and Shiraz, this wine has a rich juicy depth of flavour that bursts in your mouth like a raspberry.

Coriole Dancing Fig

South Australians say ‘Darncing’ Fig, the rest of Australia say ‘Daansing’ Fig. However you pronounce this wine, it translates to yummy.

Another Mataro leading blend with Grenache and Shiraz, this is our favourite wine to bring to a barbecue. It’s medium-bodied and pairs nicely with pork and fennel sausages. This wine also plays a pivotal role for the cook of the BBQ. For the cook who is presented with the task of cooking the BBQ it’s important to keep morale high. Sipping this wine while cooking the BBQ is guaranteed to enhance the cooking experience for the cook. Compliments can go the Dancing Fig instead of the chef.

Hugh Hamilton Black Ops

A Shiraz Saperavi is a one-of-a-kind blend. Nowhere else in the world can replicate these flavours. It’s a tale of two worlds colliding. This full-bodied wine, combines the oldest grape variety in the world the acidic saperavi from Georgia, with the spicy pepper flavour of a McLaren Vale Shiraz. The result is a bold well structured red wine to enjoy by the fire in winter. Varney Wines GSM It would be remiss of us to write a blog post about red wine blends and leave out a GSM. The Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre blend taste like McLaren Vale in a bottle. Grenache’s wild bush vines are handpicked in the vale, with the ever reliable Shiraz and a sophisticated softer Mourvèdre. This wine is made from a classic hot dry McLaren Vale summer. We love this wine with bruschetta. There’s a sense of pride in our region when we pair this wine with tomatoes and basil from our garden. The taste of homegrown, nothing beats it. Sip with us and explore the many flavours of McLaren Vale and create your own memories from the wines you try.

Hugh Hamilton McLaren Vale

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