Bot­tle Stop

Tony Love

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - COVER ST -

a wine re­gion, both by its own folk as well as on­look­ers, is it can be too easy to say McLaren Vale equals shi­raz. Coonawarra and caber­net. Clare and ries­ling. And so on.

But re­gions ain’t one-horse towns any more. And if ever there’s a place that ap­plies, it’s McLaren Vale, where an ad­ven­tur­ous spirit has un­der­pinned some of our great­est leaps for­ward in wine styles and al­ter­na­tive va­ri­eties.

Small, and, to be fair, some larger wine­mak­ers, em­bed­ded day in, day out to their patches of dirt, have been craft­ing tiny batches of wine from minutely and in­vari­ably en­gaged in sus­tain­able wine­mak­ing and viti­cul­tural prac­tices.

In McLaren Vale, there’s a great bunch of such like-minded souls who have formed the Vale Cru.

To­mor­row they will be hold­ing their an­nual “show” at The Vic­tory Ho­tel on the hill­side above Sel­licks Beach (2pm5pm, $40 pre-pur­chase ticket or $50 on the day gets you a wine­glass, poster, a taste of a great se­lec­tion of the re­gion’s more fas­ci­nat­ing wines).

Typ­i­cal of the new va­ri­eties and gain­ing a proper foothold in the dis­trict is the crisp and re­fresh­ing white ver­mentino, which in the hands of Paolo and Maria Bot­tin from Vigna Bot­tin won Wine Show.

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