McLaren Vale, Australia

McLaren Vale
The McLaren Vale made its name producing wine. The region is on the outer suburban fringes of Adelaide, rimmed by Gulf St Vincent to the west and the Mount Lofty Ranges to the east. The former cools this warm grape-growing region, while the latter offers higher altitudes, up to 350m; which are increasingly being explored.
Some of the roundest and biggest Australian Shiraz wines can be found in McLaren Vale. Reaching high alcohol levels is effortless in this warm climate; this allows the riper tasting spectrum of Australian Shiraz to be explored: blackberry, liquorice, chocolate, raisin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
In the early 1900’s, McLaren Vale Shiraz was hailed for its iron qualities and even prescribed by doctors to restore the vitality of anemic patients.

Dandelion Vineyards McLaren Vale Shiraz Riesling 2007
Dandelion vineyards receive a ***** (5) star rating in James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2011.

Dandelion Vineyards McLaren Vale Shiraz Riesling 2007, 14%, €14.99
The colour is a deep red with hints of violet on the edges. Intriguing rose petals and a summer pudding of lifted red fruits, berries and a little marmalade from the Riesling leap through the nostrils. Wild cherries, blueberries, mulberries, liquorice and opulent red berries form the juicy palate which is balanced by soft velvety tannins, chocolate and supple spicy oak.
If you like wines that have smooth tannins and are full bodied, you will like this wine…If you like berries and chocolate with a juicy mouthfeel, you will love this wine…
Perfect solo or with rich pasta dishes and red meats with winter herbs.
Delicious De Cecco Pastas and sauces available in Dicey Reilly’s Off Licence…

This Week’s Snippet of Info…
Why Store Wine?
As Wines sit in the bottle, a series of chemical reactions takes place that changes relatively simple fruity flavours to more developed, complex tastes. In reds, the colour becomes lighter, the tannins get softer, and the wine takes on aromas such as leather, cedar or mushrooms. Whites deepen in colour, become less sweet and more intense. Typical aromas of a mature white wine include nuts, wax and even diesel. The effects of oak barrels; hints of vanilla, coconut, and spice, lessen in all wines as they mature.

Available from Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon
And good independent Off Licences