McLaren Vale Wine Region – Experience one of the most geologically diverse wine regions in the world. Discover the unique power the terroir and understand its influence on McLaren Vale wine.

The full-flavoured Shiraz produced in the McLaren Vale wine region is a reflection of the terroir, one of the most diverse in the world. With more than 40 unique geologies present, they vary from 15,000 years to over 550 million years. The unique terroir contributes to the wines as does the altitude, climate, rainfall, and temperature.

There are plenty of places to learn more. Hugh Hamilton Wines celebrates 180 years in Australian Winemaking history during 2017. Their Prestige Experience lets you taste the 2015 Black Blood series and gain a sense of place. Each wine in The Black Blood trio is from a different Hugh Hamilton vineyard with a distinct terroir. “We keep everything else as consistent as possible,” says Mary Hamilton. “Picking dates, winemaking approach, oak regime, maturation – so you can taste the place.”

Geology pits have been excavated throughout the region to showcase the unique terroir. They are a great place to learn more about what goes on underground. Find The Ancient Rocks at Paxton Wines, The South Maslin Sands at Kay Brothers Amery, The Blanche Point Formation at Maxwell Wines, The Pirramimma Sandstone at d’Arenberg, and The Alluvial Clay of Valleys at Wirra Wirra.

A taste for the senses

Hugh Hamilton Wines launched an innovative wine tasting experience – ‘Tasting of The Senses’. The experience will challenge all of your senses and is a great way to start your wine tasting in the region.

Their Prestige Tasting Experience discovers the power of terroir through their Black Blood single vineyard series, matched with the perfect cheese plate. The Black Blood series is packaged with a diff…erence, each is uniquely wrapped featuring a representation of the soil in which it’s grown.

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