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Vineyard Select

Vineyard Select sees five of Australia’s premium wine grape growing regions represented, together with the variety for which they are internationally recognised – they are our very own regional heroes. Painstaking attention to detail has been paramount in all stages of crafting this premium range. The Vineyard Select fruit and wine has been meticulously selected and cared for throughout all stages of the winemaking process under the ever-watchful eyes of winemakers Tony Ingle and Paul Kernich. The Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale Shiraz, Clare Valley Riesling, Mt Benson Chardonnay and Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc display all the hallmarks that have made these premium regions and varieties so renowned.

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2010 McLaren Vale Shiraz


This wine is blended from vineyards selected across McLaren Vale. We aim to produce a great example of what the region stands for; great drinking, unique wines made from Shiraz.

Picking was more orderly and we were able to select individual vineyard parcels according to taste more easily in 2010. Less haste and more studied assessment has resulted in some lovely wines from the region this year.

These grapes are brought into our Vintage House, the oldest part of our winery, and crushed into 70 year old concrete vats where the fermentation is initiated by the indigenous "wild" yeasts found on the grape skins. Careful extraction and short post fermentation maceration is followed by pressing. The resultant wine is transferred to American oak barrels where the malolactic fermentation is completed before racking and maturation for 14-16 months in barrels.  A careful assemblage and barrel selection is followed by minimal filtration and bottling on our BRC accredited line.

Winemakers' Notes:

This wine shouts its origins in McLaren Vale. Morello cherries and bitter chocolate aromas come to the fore on the nose, with the spice from deft oak use underlying the palate. Soft and rich in the mouth this wine is ready to drink now but the excellent structure suggests the ability to age for at least 5 years.

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McLaren Vale Shiraz

2012 vintage
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion - 2014 Edition

90 Points

"Deep crimson; the rich plum and dark berry bouquet leads into a palate stacked with flavour and extract; remarkable for a full-bodied wine at this price, but it does need time to smooth out its feathers. That said, great value."

2012 vintage
Fine Wine Club - Barry Weinman - August 2013

17.7 Points

"Brilliant fruit, lovely structure, sympathetic oak.  This long and dense with drying tannins.  Will reward short term cellaring."

2012 vintage
Geelong Advertiser - Cameron Best - 04.07.13

90 Points

"Angove’s McLaren Vale shiraz is the type of wine that keeps you coming back for more.  The medium red with purple hues is a vibrant drop with a spicy edge.  It opens with a hint of pepper but softens to an earthy finish with soft oak flavours.  The dark fruit aromas of raspberry and red cherries blend well with its more spicy characteristics."

2012 vintage
Mount Barker Courier - Ross Noble - 07.08.13

"Angove winemaker Tony Ingle says the 2012 vintage in McLaren Vale was ‘picture perfect...great for varietal expression...we harvested at optimal ripeness.’ The wine reflects the vintage.  It is packed with rich, ripe red fruits, chocolate, anise and white pepper.  As good as some twice the price."

2012 vintage
West Australian - Ray Jordan - 25.07.13


"Terrific vintage.  An elegant wine that captures the fleshiness and plump fruit of McLaren Vale and marries it with some judicious use of oak.  It sits harmoniously in the mouth, is velvety smooth and seamless with a lovely pleasing fruit-driven finish."

2011 vintage
Wine Spectator Magazine - July 2013

88 Points

"Vibrant, with a distinctive meaty character to the ripe berry fruit flavours, finishing with finesse. Drink now through 2019."

2010 vintage
Adelaide Advertiser - Tony Love - 27.03.13

4 Stars

"Shiraz out of this region in 2010 is a genuine treat when you are in the mood for a big, robust red.  This shows dark fruit senses of blackberry and cream, is quite mouth-filling with fine grained tannin textures cloaking ripe, spicy fruit notes and backed up by a decent layer of oak."

2010 vintage
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion - 2013 Edition

90 Points

"Strong crimson-purple; wild-fermented in 70-year-old open fermenters and spent 18 months in oak; the result is a medium-to-full-bodied wine with an abundance of blackberry and plum fruit, plus good tannin structure for ageing."

2010 vintage
Sunday Tasmanian - Graeme Phillips - 02.09.12

"Very Good"

"Deep purple/black colour, lifted aromas and blackberry, plum and aniseed flavours on a plush, full-bodied palate with good tannins and a long, full-flavoured finish.  Excellent value."

2010 vintage
The Age - Ralph Kyte-Powell - 07.08.12

4 Stars

"Angove’s wines regularaly over-deliver in quality at reasonable prices.  This generous McLaren Vale Shiraz opens with a lush nose of stewed blackberries, plum pud and sweet oak.  The middleweight palate is smooth and ripely flavoured, with seamless balance, easy texture and fine tannins."

2010 vintage
Fine Wine Club - Barry Weinman - June 2012

17.8 Points

"A traditional Australian shiraz.  Intense fruit that is somewhat subdued at present.  Long, fine, chewy and textured, this has a real presence in the mouth.  Pepper, spice and textured oak combine with ripe fruit in a well made wine that will alst for a decade or two.  Another outstanding bargain."

2010 vintage
Fine Wine Club - Barry Weinman - Feb 2012

17.8 Points

"I like this wine.  Bright, peppery fruit to the max.  This is elegant and refined, but there is a real thrust to the palate.  The oak is very well handled and the tannins fine.  The peppery fruit carries the palate and imbues superb length.  Chewy, almost licorice fruit, with spicy fruitcake notes to close.  Value!"

2010 vintage
Geelong Advertiser - Cam Best -15.12.11


“There are certain labels on the market where you can be almost assured of the quality before you even take it off the shelf. Angove is one such label. Deep crimson in colour, its inviting aroma of cherry gives way to a lovely coffee and chocolate affair finished with velvety tannins. Angove is proud of this vintage, calling it the pick of the past decade. And for a quality winemaker like Angove, that’s saying something.”

2010 vintage
Mount Barker Courier - 08.08.12

"Angove chief winemaker Tony Ingle says the 2010 vintage at McLaren Vale was the best of the past decade.  The Angove McLaren Vale Vineyard Select Shiraz 2010 ‘speaks of its variety and origin’.  He said the 70-year-old open top concrete fermenters are ‘a fantastic resource’, part of the heritage of the winery.  Dense red, with dark plum, spice and dark chocolate, the wine is enhanced by ripe tannins and oak nuances."

2010 vintage
Vinsetvignobles.com - July 2012 - 4 Stars

"Charming and inviting on the nose, where the fruit finds its expression without excess.  In the mouth, full of charm, round and fruity, full bodied and smooth.  Fruit rich finish, very slightly woody and long lasting.  A beautiful drop."

2009 vintage
James Halliday Aust. Wine Companion 2012 Edition

90 Points  4.5 Stars

“Bright hue; a lively and juicy wine with abundant plum and black cherry fruit supported by good acidity and tannins, oak a minor support role.”

2009 vintage
The Age - Ralph Kyte-Powell - 19.07.11

4 Stars

“Good-value table wines are Angove’s forte. This McLaren Vale shiraz is typically generous, offering ripe, sweetly spicy berry fruit seasoned with a well-measured dose of coconut-tinged oak. It tastes smooth and velvety with soft tannins to keep together nicely.”

2009 vintage
West Australian - Ray Jordan - 26.05.11


“Here is a full in-your-face ripe shiraz from McLaren Vale. Masses of licorice and plum with a decent whack of vanillin oak. The palate is lavish and warm with ripe intensely concentrated fruit supported by supple tannins and soft excellent oak. It’s balanced and delivers all you want.”

2009 vintage
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine - July 2011

“Indeed it’s dark fruited, and slightly old-fashioned in its flavours - there’s a lot of coffee, malty, chocolatey oak flavor - which is both its charm, and a reason why it won’t suit all tastes. But I’ve always felt that polarizing aspects are rarely a bad thing in wine. There’s a lovely slide of velvety tannins too, which makes me think that it will mellow and mature nicely over the next three or four years, if you so desire.”

2009 vintage
Matthew Jukes - September 2011

“Dive into the arms of this luxurious, welcoming Shiraz and wallow in the coffee bean and liquorice notes which punctuate the smooth blackberry chassis. In spite of its youth this bold 2009 is drinking beautifully already, but make sure that you are armed with something suitably carnivorous in order to take advantage of its full array of charms.”

2009 vintage
Mount Barker Courier—02.11.11

“...has ripe berry fruits and licorice on the nose and palate and silky tannins.”

2009 vintage
Newcastle Herald - John Lewis - 02.04.11

4 Stars

“Here’s a remarkable value from the Renmark-based Angove family wine company. The wine is deep purple and has ripe blueberry and gumleaf scents. Plush plum flavor rolls onto the front of the palate and licorice and peppermint fruit characters marry with charry oak on the middle palate. Chalky tannins come through at the finish.”

2008 vintage
James Halliday Aust. Wine Companion 2011 Edition

91 Points 4.5 Stars
'Dark crimson-purple; has a potent bouquet of black fruits and licorice, then a rich full-bodied palate adding a dash of dark chocolate to the blackberry base. A lot of wine for the price.'

2008 vintage
The Big Red Wine Book - Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh - 2010/11 Edition

91 Points  5 Stars 
'There's too much showy, glossy, vanillin oak here, but as a flashy, old fashioned style, it's pretty well done. It tastes of malty vanilla first and foremost though there is fresh, plummy fruit buried beneath. Give it another year in the bottle and it should start drinking very well. It's certainly smooth, plush and flavoursome.'

2008 vintage
Brandon Sun Weekend, Canada - Diane Nelson - July 2011

“I had a sip, rolled my eyes in pure pleasure, turned to my husband, and said, “I think I’ve found my new Shiraz!” And it remained my favourite Shiraz after a total of 12 hours of tasting too many wines to count. With black fruit and plum flavours, a hint of anise, followed by some spice and oak, deep, dark and delicious pretty much sums up this wine. It’s robust and full, and is absolutely delightful.”

2008 vintage
Fine Wine Club - Barry Weinman - July 2010

18+ Points

"Really fresh and vibrant. Points for drinkability. Ripe fruit with both Satsuma plum and blackberries. Really silky and long, with fine tannins and seamless oak to close. Very good wine."

2008 vintage
Quaff 2011 - Peter Forrestal - Great Wines over $15

'Ditto, this single vineyard shiraz from McLaren Vale. It has ripe, sweet blackberry and bramble flavours, velvety texture, well-integrated oak, and a clean, balanced finish, which makes it approachable now.'

2008 vintage
The Krow Issue 27 - Tony Keys & Jenny Stonier - April 2010

92 Points

'Ripe black plum with hint of chocolate on the nose, soft top notes but power underneath supporting the whole, 92 points and very good value.'

2008 vintage
West Australian - 15.04.10


'A warm, dense and rocking-good example of McLaren Vale shiraz. Deep, sumptuous, fully ripe shiraz dominates the palate. Ripe tannins and a chewy, juicy palate feel. Plenty of sweet, ripe fruit balanced with some nice grainy oak.'

2008 vintage
Western Suburbs Weekly - John Jens - 06.07.10

18 Points

"The panel loved this, especially for a wine in this price range. This is a blueberry flavoured, round, dry, balanced and mouth-filling wine that shows fruit quality way beyond its price range."

2008 vintage
Wine & Spirits June 2010 - Top 5 Australian Value Brands

'With its mature earth and mushroom notes and black fig fruit, the 2005 Vineyard Select Shiraz calls out for lamb. The 2006 Vineyard Select Coonawarra Cab is a barbecue wine through and through.'

2008 vintage
Wine Spectator's July 2011 Issue

90 Points

“Ripe and generous on a medium-weight frame, offering blackberry and dried cherry flavours against polished tannins. Finishes with vivid flavours and a hint of coffee.”

2008 vintage
Winestate - Vol 33 Issue 5 - Sept/Oct 2010

4 Stars

'Nose starting to show lovely tarry tertiary development. Bold berry flavours balanced by good backbone of tannins with quite a hot finish.'

2008 vintage
Winestate Magazine - Vol 33 Issue 4 - July/August 2010

3 Stars

"Oaky nose with a minty lift. Generous, mouth-filling prune/licorice flavours showing an earthy edge."

2007 vintage
The Age - Epicure - 03.11.09

4 Stars

'The Angove label is almost a guarantee of great value these days. This Vineyard Select shiraz is a good buy if you like generous McLaren Vale shiraz and don't want to pay more than $20 for the privilege. Syrupy dark berry, club chocolate and vanillin aromas meet the nose, while the palate offers lush fruit and sweet oak flavours that are well balanced and smooth.'

2007 vintage
The Australian Wine Annual 2010 - Jeremy Oliver

89 Points

'Honest and regional, with deep aromas of dark plums, prunes and currants, cedar/chocolate/cigarboxy oak and smoky leathery undertones. Supported by firmish, pilant tannins, its smooth, juicy palate marries rich, sour-edged dark plum and berry fruit with sweet chocolate, mocha and vanilla oak, finishing with length and presence.'

2006 vintage
James Halliday Aust. Wine Companion 2010 Edition

90 Points  4.5 Stars

'Attractive, well balanced medium-bodied wine, with a pleasing touch of regional dark chocolate to the black fruits of the palate.'

McLaren Vale Shiraz

2012 vintage - Hong Kong Int'l Wine & Spirits Comp. 2013, Bronze

2012 vintage - International Wine & Spirits Comp. 2013, Bronze

2012 vintage - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2013, Bronze

2012 vintage - Royal National Capital Wine Show 2013, Silver

2012 vintage - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2013, Silver

2012 vintage - Rutherglen Wine Show 2013, Bronze

2010 vintage - Int'l Wine and Spirits Comp 2012, Outstanding Silver

2010 vintage - Royal Hobart Wine Show 2012, Silver

2010 vintage - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2012, Bronze

2010 vintage - Rutherglen Wine Show 2012, Silver

2010 vintage - The Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2012, Bronze

2010 vintage - Decanter World Wine Awards 2012, Silver

2010 vintage - International Wine Competition UK 2012, Silver

2010 vintage - Royal Hobart Wine Show 2011, Silver

2009 vintage - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2011, Silver

2009 vintage - International Wine Challenge 2011, Bronze

2009 vintage - Perth Wine Show 2011, Silver

2009 vintage - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2011, Bronze

2009 vintage - Rutherglen Wine Show 2011, Bronze

2009 vintage - Shanghai Int'l Wine Challenge 2011, GOLD

2009 vintage - Wine Access Int'l Value Wine Awards Canada 2011, 'Judges Choice'

2008 vintage - China Wine Challenge 2010, Bronze

2008 vintage - Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2010, GOLD

2008 vintage - Decanter World Wine Awards 2010, GOLD

2008 vintage - Hong Kong Int'l Wine & Spirits Comp 2010, Silver

2008 vintage - International Wine & Spirits Comp 2010, Silver

2008 vintage - International Wine Challenge 2010, Silver

2008 vintage - Korean Wine Challenge 2010, Silver

2008 vintage - New Zealand Int'l Wine Show, Silver

2008 vintage - Prague Wine Trophy 2011, Prague Premium Gold

2008 vintage - Royal Hobart Wine Show 2010, Bronze

2008 vintage - Shanghai Int'l Wine Challenge 2010, Silver

2008 vintage - Sydney Royal Wine Show 2010, Silver

2008 vintage - Wine Access Int'l Value Wine Awards, Canada 2010 - 'Judges Choice" Award

2007 vintage - Decanter Wine Awards 2009, Bronze

2007 vintage - German Wine Show, Mundus Vini 2009 - Silver

2007 vintage - Int'l Wine & Spirit Comp 2009, Bronze

2007 vintage - Riverland Wine Show 2009, Silver

2007 vintage - San Francisco International Wine Comp 2009, Silver

2006 vintage - Decanter World Wine Awards 2008, Commended

2006 vintage - Int. Wine Challenge 2008, Commended

2006 vintage - Japan Wine Challenge 2009, Bronze

2006 vintage - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2008, Bronze

2006 vintage - Wine & Spirits Asia Challenge 2008, Merit

2006 vintage - Wine Style Asia Award 2009, Silver

2010 McLaren Vale Shiraz

Varieties Shiraz
Alcohol 14.5% Alc/Vol
Total Acidity 5.8 gms/l
Residual Sugar 0.8 gms/l