McLaren Vale: geology in a glass

McLaren Vale: geology in a glass

Did you know McLaren Vale is one of the most geographically diverse regions in the world? Under those rolling hills, vineyard vistas and vegie patches is a smorgasbord of clay, sandstone, shale, quartzite, siltstone, and limestone – some of it dating back 600 million years. About five years ago, a group of McLaren Vale winemakers and viticulturists banded together to try and find a way to better understand the influence this geology has on their wines – in particular, on Shiraz, one of the region’s key varieties.

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