McLaren Vale, Australia
McLaren Vale is the most established of the wine regions in the Southern Vales of South Australia, located directly to the south of Adelaide and near the coast. A relatively warm area, McLaren Vale has a range of different soil types and a wide variety of both red and white grapes are grown here. It is best known for its rich, concentrated, chocolatey reds with a soft, lush texture, with Shiraz the star performer.
Grapes for the Oriel McLaren Vale Shiraz, Sygnet, also come from Coonawarra, one of Australia's most famous red wine regions. Coonawarra is a flat, sparsely populated region in the middle of the South Australia plains. The secret to its success lies in its soil, a special red/brown 'terra rossa' soil, which, coupled with the relatively cool climate, fashions some classy, ageworthy Cabernet Sauvignons that are Australia's best and have more than a passing resemblance to the leading wines of Bordeaux. Good examples tend to display aromatic, pure blackcurrant fruit with a cedary, minerally core, and with smooth, fine grained tannins providing structure on the palate.