Chapter 14: Three glorious days in McLaren Vale

Europe fits into Australia about twice, with that in mind it is easy to understand why wine from Western Australia (WA) is very different to that in South Australia (SA). WA is all about Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon whereas SA has the ideal climate and geology for Grenache and Shiraz. 

The cool climate Shiraz in WA’s Frankland River was light, perfumed and full of white pepper however wine produced from the same vines in SA’s McLaren Vale is fruit forward, spiced and medium bodied.

I have been thoroughly impressed by McLaren Vale and am now ready for what the famous Barossa Valley has to offer.