Value from the Vale

Australian Wine Month May 2017 – Good value from McLaren Vale

‘This is the most exciting time to be involved in Australian wine’, says Steve Pannell, the McLaren Vale-based winemaker who once oversaw the production of millions of liters at Hardys before leaving to set up his own, eponymous boutique label. ‘Quality has never been better; we’re beginning to break our obsession with the classic wine styles of France; we’re making wines we want to drink, that are suited to our climate and way of life, that represent us and who we are.’ MAX ALLEX,

Twenty years ago, the vignerons of McLaren Vale were seriously concerned that the majority of grapes that they grew were released in blends by large companies that didn’t acknowledge the source of the fruit. That situation has changed dramatically and the region now boasts an undisputed reputation for producing stellar warm-climate shiraz, cabernet and grenache.

It also is creating some of the best value offerings. This tasting focuses on value. Everything is under $30 and most are under $20. They are all delicious good drinking winter reds.

McLaren Vale is cool again and these wines are well worth try.