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Top 5 red wines under $35 From McLaren Vale

Updated: Mar 26

Here at Partner N Wine we have set out to find the best bottles of wine from the McLaren Vale region that are under $35. 


Cost of living is increasing and we want to find nice bottles of wine that won’t break the bank. 


We have come accustomed to a certain lifestyle. Unfortunately, there’s no turning back to the university days of drinking Fruity Lexia cask wine. Wine snobbery is alive and well and we need to search far and wide for wine that tastes expensive but is priced reasonably. 

There are many incredible wines that fall under this price range, it was hard to narrow down our list of favourites! After much deliberation and numerous sips of wine, here are our top five:

SC Pannell Montepulciano 

Grown in a vineyard in Langhorne Creek, this wine will transport you to the rolling hills of Italy. Retailing at some bottle-shops for $29.97 this is a wine that is sure to impress. With distinctive notes of plum and mulberry this is a perfectly balanced wine and pairs nicely with any pasta or pizza dish. 


Hugo Wines Shiraz

For the four years I lived in Brisbane I would buy Hugo Wines Shiraz by the dozen. I have a theory that South Australia keeps all the good wine in the state and sends the not so good wine interstate. It’s the same as Queensland keeps all the good mangoes in Queensland and sends all the smaller inferior mangoes down south. Retailing for $28 Hugo Wines Shiraz is an elegant red wine that tastes a lot more expensive than it is. Blind tasting this wine with far more expensive wines I pick the Hugo Shiraz every time.


Samson Tall Tempranillo

Samson Tall’s Tempranillo is a perfect food wine. The first time I tasted this wine was at The Little Rickshaw, which is a lovely Asian tapas restaurant in Aldinga. I was having pork belly and when I paired this dish with the Samson Tall Tempranillo it was one of those life changing moments. Retailing for $32, this is a sensational wine. 


Varney Wines GSM

Varney Wines GSM is McLaren Vale in a glass. The perfectly balanced blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre scored a 95 from James Halliday. With cured meats like prosciutto off the grocery list for the next few months as my wife is pregnant, I enjoyed this wine with a pork sausage orzo dish. This was a delightful pairing as the tomato based sauce absorbed the orzo. Prosciutto is still the best pairing though. This wine retails for $35 and is money well spent, thanks to its smooth elegant finish. 


Berg Herring Touriga 

Berg Herring is a boutique cellar door, which has converted a heritage sandstone chapel into a lovely venue to enjoy a wine. Berg Herring’s Touriga is one of those wines which we believe will win awards once more people know about it. Currently this wine is retailing at $35 and even though this is right on our budget, this seems like a bargain. Spending 12 months in French oak, this wine celebrates Touriga as one of the most popular new emerging wines in Australia.  


This is one of the best lists of reasonably priced wines that taste just as good, if not better than their more expensive counterparts. You’re welcome. 


The best way to find these wines and discover new favourites is to book a tour with us - your partners' in wine. 

Montepulciano from SC Pannell


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