Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Chateau Reynella is the birthplace of McLaren Vale Shiraz, today it is headquarters of Australia's most eminent winemaker. The original site, established by John Reynell in 1838, was the first commercial vineyard in South Australia. It remains productive to this day, yielding fruit which is processed at the original wineworks. The most exceptional parcels available to the Hardy winemaking team, those which can best represent the Chateau Reynella style, are vinified and assembled into a rich bold Shiraz of profound intensity, exquisite balance and refined silky tannins.
McLaren Vale is inextricably linked to names such as John McLaren, John Reynell and Thomas Hardy. The site which was destined to become South Australia's first winemaking estate was planted to vines just south of the Onkaparinga River, at the northwest corner of Panalatinga and Reynell Roads. Within ten years, John Reynell became the first to export South Australian red wine. His business grew, as Chateau Reynella was enjoyed around Australia and throughout the Empire. As his operations flourished and local businesses started up, more workers were attracted to the area and settled in, the beginnings of McLaren Vale. Significantly, one of Reynell's star employees was Thomas Hardy, founder of Hardy Wines.
Deep magenta colour. A complex array of primary fruit aromas, brambles and plum, chocolates and dried herbs, seasoned by scents of spicy, lifted oak. The palate is dense and creamy, blueberries and spiced plum intermingle with festive pudding and chocolate oak, texture and sweetness build structure, supported by ripe, mouth coating tannins. An experience in McLaren Vale Shiraz delivering tremendous satisfaction.