Paralian McLaren Vale Wines 2020

There’s been a groundswell of thoughtful winemakers fermenting in McLaren Vale for a little while now. The wines are succulent but retain detail. The fruit speaks with clarity and is less weighed down by oak and over-ripeness. Yangarra and S.C. Pannell have been leading the charge, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find others.

Winemaking veterans Charlie Seppelt and Skye Salter met while working at Hardy’s Tintara. With a slew of vintages under their belt, both in Australia and overseas the pull of McLaren Vale’s stunning coastline, old vines and way of life anchored them back.

While both working day jobs, in 2018 their dreams of launching their label, Paralian – which means someone who lives by the sea – came to be. We’ve been following their wines and their newly minted 2020s are incredibly delicious. While they’re not shy or reticent, they embrace the bold McLaren nature, they are packed with nuance and detail, which keeps luring you back for another sip.

Focusing on the northern reaches of McLaren Vale, where seabeds have given way to alluvial and sandy vineyards which shiraz and grenache thrive. The sandy and ironstone soils of Blewitt Springs are the source for their shiraz and grenache – this subzone is the most exalted in McLaren Vale.

In the winery, whole bunches are used to impart tactile tannins and heady sappy notes, and old oak is preferred to new. The nucleus of these wines is their brilliance of fruit.

So forget the rich and raucous styles of the past. These McLaren reds are succulent, fleshy and fresh. The flavours are multi-dimensional while the tannins are fine, firm and fulfilling.

As you’d expect, the volume of production is very small. We’ve sharpened the price for two weeks. These are drinking beautifully now, no need to wait too long.

These are limited, please don’t delay if you’d like to secure some.