South Australia’s wine birthplace

The South Australian wine region of McLaren Vale is renowned for making world class wine. 

As the birthplace of wine in South Australia, the region is best known for Shiraz and Grenache. However many of their best growers produce great Cabernet Sauvignon.

The region’s Mediterranean climate lends itself to the growing of Cabernet, and family owned Hastwell & Lightfoot’s 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a prime example. 

Exhibiting fresh and vibrant layers of red berry and blackcurrant on the palate, with aromas of raspberry due to the judicious addition of Cabernet Franc add to the appeal. This wine is the culmination of 30 years of experience and we have been lucky to secure a few bottles.

Traditional varieties are well known in McLaren Vale, but a few rare and emerging varieties do very well. 

The ‘Roussanne’ white varietal, which is mostly found in Southern France (albeit rare there too), is one such variety. Yangarra Estate, located on the Northern foothills of McLaren Vale, has coaxed the best from this variety under the careful guidance of winemaker Pete Fraser.

Known for savoury flavours, a textural palate, and characteristics reminiscent of a Chardonnay, this young yet restrained wine can be enjoyed now or after a few years of careful cellaring. We have been big proponents of the releases from Yangarra Estate since day dot, and this Roussanne is no different.