McLaren Vale is awesome, bordered by some of South Australia’s most stunning beaches on the west and the rolling Mt Lofty ranges to the east the ancient soils within McLaren Vale provide some of the world’s best sites to grow Shiraz (and Grenache).
The McLaren Vale Scarce Earth program is about Shiraz, single site Shiraz and is aimed at showcasing our diverse soils, sub regions and the resultant diversity of Shiraz wines. This allows wine lovers of all levels an interesting tasting journey through the region as they discover the unique subtleties of McLaren Vale Shiraz.
To have a wine included in the Scarce Earth program it is submitted to a panel consisting of three local winemakers and three independent experts who assess each single site Shiraz for typicity of style, unique flavour profile and personality.
The selection criteria is rigorous with 28 wines making the 2010 program. We were successful in our submission of our 2010 Warboys Vineyard Shiraz to the Scarce Earth program and it is now available at the Angove McLaren Vale Cellar Door.
The Warboys Vineyard is located in the Seaview subregion of McLaren Vale on the corner of Chalk Hill and Oliver’s Road. The name, ‘Warboys’ has nothing to do with war, rather it is taken from the name of one of the original vineyards in Tea Tree Gully my great, great grandfather Dr WT Angove used to source fruit from in the late 1800’s. It was one of his best mates vineyards, owned by a gentleman named Henry Hall, Henry named his property after his home town, Warboys, Cambridgeshire, north of London.
These days there is a real estate company and houses where the original vineyard was once planted, the urban sprawl of Adelaide caught up with the vineyards of Tea Tree Gully in the 1970’s. We thought it was a fitting thing to do to take some of the original history of the Angove business from the late 1800’s and bring this to the beautiful vineyard in McLaren Vale.
We are honoured to be part of the Scarce Earth program so if you are visiting McLaren Vale, drop in and say hi, we have the 2010 Warboys Vineyard Shiraz on tasting but it won’t be long until it is sold out. Only 4 barrels were selected to make up the single vineyard blend so there is seriously not much of this fantastic wine.