Single Block Shiraz

McLaren Vale is one of the most geologically diverse wine regions in the world.


McLaren Vale Scarce Earth encourages the release of single block Shiraz wines to allow us to continually learn more about our region and to also further explore the relative influence of geology, soil, climate and topography on wine style.

All wines come from a single block, a small plot of land with a unique flavour profile and personality.

A panel consisting of three local winemakers and three independent experts, assess each wine to ensure that site is expressed in the glass and the wine free of overt winemaking influences. The 2012 vintage tasting panel comprised an eclectic selection with local winemakers Paul Carpenter, Michael Fragos and Charles Whish and independent experts Huon Hooke, Michael Andrewartha and David LeMire MW.

Over time, McLaren Vale Scarce Earth will be an invaluable resource for our local winemakers and grape growers, as they strive to gain an unparalleled understanding of Shiraz, Australia’s most significant variety.

The project gives wine lovers at all levels the opportunity to explore the influence of site and the chance to taste some of the region’s best Shiraz vineyards.

Mark Lloyd shiraz tasting
Mark Lloyd shiraz tasting

Annual Vintage Release and Events

Wines from each vintage are launched to market on 1 May of each year. Look for the unique neck label in Cellar Doors and local stockists.

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