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29, November 2022

Starting at the gateway to McLaren Vale and culminating in the historic township of Willunga, follow our Trophy Trail to experience the 2022 McLaren Vale Wine Show trophy winning wines for yourself.

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1. VARNEY WINES
Cellar door currently closed but you can order online and enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

🏆 Best Grenache Predominant Blend: Varney Wines 2021 Grenache Mourvèdre Touriga

This wine is fantastic for warmer weather being lighter on its feet, with a bit of zippy acidity and moderate tannin levels. We even recommend throwing it in the fridge sometimes on a warm day. It’s a fantastic red wine alternative for summer so certainly it’s something to bring to barbecues and something you may have down the beach even.

Here's Winemaker Alan Varney with more on the trophy winning wine:


2. SHINGLEBACK WINE
3 Stump Hill Road, McLaren Vale

🏆 Best Cabernet Blend: Shingleback The Gate 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

Vibrant black cherry red. Blackcurrant and blueberry Cabernet aromas meld with the blackberry and savoury earthiness of the Shiraz. Moreish chewy fruit tannins, along with a slate-like minerality restrain the luscious dark berry mid-palate.

🏆 Best Shiraz Three Years or Older: Shingleback D Block 2018 Reserve Shiraz

Deep red. Primary aromas of blackberry and boysenberry are highlighted with elements of couverture chocolate and freshly turned soil. The full-bodied palate is brimming with ripe, black berry fruit, complemented with fine tannins, an earthy minerality and savoury notes.

Here's more from Shingleback's Cellar Door Manager David Graham and Winemaker Dan Hills:



3. HARDYS TINTARA
202 Main Rd, McLaren Vale

🏆 Best Icon Wines of Show: Hardys 2018, 22014, 2012 Eileen Hardy Shiraz


4. CHALK HILL
56 Field Street, McLaren Vale

🏆 Best New and Emerging White Wine: Chalk Hill 2022 Vermentino

This wine shows flavours of stone fruit and melon, with citrus flowers and hazelnut notes. A long fine finish and is well balanced.

🏆 Best Other Red and Blends: Alpha Crucis 2021 Blewitt Springs Mataro Grenache

Focused red currants, dark cherry and blueberry fruits provide a vibrant front palate. It’s medium to full bodied with a tight knit palate with tension between the fruits and the spice and savoury undertones. The tannins finish firm with tar and spice lingering.

We caught up with Chalk Hill owner Tom Harvey to find out more about these trophy winning wines:

5. D’ARENBERG
Osborn Rd, McLaren Vale

🏆 Best Fiano: d’Arenberg 2022 The Sun Surfer Fiano

A lovely honey-suckle and spicey perfume leads towards tropical fruits, honey dew melon, stonefruit, and a refreshing green mango undercurrent. Pure unadulterated juicy goodness.


6. SHOTTESBROOKE
101 Bagshaws Road, McLaren Flat

🏆 Best Shiraz Predominant Blend: Shottesbrooke Vineyards 2021 Engine Room by Hamish Maguire Shiraz Mataro Grenache


7. GEMTREE WINES
167 Elliott Road, McLaren Flat

🏆 Best Two Year Old Shiraz: Gemtree Wines 2020 Bloodstone Shiraz


8. SILENT NOISE WINES
44 Hamilton Road, McLaren Flat

🏆 Wine Media Trophy: Silent Noise 2021 FO Shiraz

Flavours of berry fruits jump out of the glass including strawberries, raspberries, red cherries and sweet freshly picked plums. These are mixed with concentrated ribena, touches of cinnamon, the fragrance of jonquils and notes of vanilla extract.


9. SERAFINO WINES
39 Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale

🏆 Best One Year Old Grenache: Serafino 2021 Reserve Grenache

🏆 Best Grenache of Show: Serafino 2021 Reserve Grenache

Medium bodied, with a long even bright palate. This brightness is super silky with spice, violets and plums. A fruit forward style with beautiful complexity.


10. BONDAR WINES
148 McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale

🏆 Best Rosé: Bondar 2022 Rosé

A pale, dry rosé made in McLaren Vale. Bright, fresh, delicate and aromatic, this wine is designed to be best enjoyed in its youth.


11. BATTLE OF BOSWORTH
92 Gaffney Road, Willunga

🏆 Best Two Years or Younger Cabernet Sauvignon: Battle of Bosworth 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon

🏆 Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show: Battle of Bosworth 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon

A classic McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe tannins, blackcurrant and herbal notes on the nose, terrific length and structure and a balance; the fruit more than matches the fine tannin structure.


12. HITHER & YON
17 High Street, Willunga

🏆 Best Mediterranean Red Variety: Hither & Yon 2021 Aglianico

🏆 Best Single Vineyard Wine Any Style: Hither & Yon 2021 Aglianico

🏆 Best Wine of Show & Bushing Monarch Wine: Hither & Yon 2021 Aglianico

Big late ripening bunches with plenty of natural acid and earthy tannin, personality plus! It provides us with a savory and refreshingly drying, delicious food friendly red, made for the table. Regeneratively grown from grass to glass, the old world in new hands.


13. COOTER & COOTER
No cellar door but you can order online and enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

🏆 Best Shiraz of Show: Cooter & Cooter 2021 Shiraz

A bright and refreshing expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz. Fruit forward, round and fleshy. Smooth tannins give rise to a long, moreish finish.


14. LARNOOK
No cellar door but you can order online and enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

🏆 Chairperson's Trophy: Larnook 2022 Grenache Gris

A delicate, dry white wine with lifted aromatics, great texture and minerality.

Enjoy!