State: South Australia
Latitude: 4 ° 14 S
Rain in growing season: 180 mm
Mid January temperature: 21.7 ° C
Harvest time: Mid February to late April
Wine varieties white: Chardonnay, Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc
Wine varieties red: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon & Grenache
The McLaren Vale is characterized by a significant meso-climatic variation, due to different exposure to cold influences from the nearby ocean. There are also notable height changes in the McLaren Vale. Summer rainfall is low making irrigation considered essential for young vines. The location selection and variety are of great importance.
Soil & Topography
The McLaren Vale has a wide range of soil types, although red-brown loamy sand predominates. The other common soil types are: gray-brown loamy sand with yellow clay surfaces and a more sandy version of this, finally there is black-red friable loam.