White Wine Varieties


So, I see you have made it to the summer happy hour hm?

Welcome, all! Mclaren Vale Cellars would love to walk you through our selection of premium McLaren Vale wines, nickel knowledge, and how to best impress your friends with your illuminated wine knowledge.



Our crown jewel of white wines. The chardonnay is your gateway into learning more about yourself and the vast variety that is white wine. Chardonnay is light, easy, and a wonderful sip for any occasion. Full-bodied, forward flavored, Chardonnay is influenced deeply by its region.

Expect to find a velvety finish fit with flavors like crisp apple, pear, and stone fruits. Chardonnay does excellent with meals that contain a decent amount of rich fat and umami undertones. This means cheese boards, white wine pasta sauces, and even a tray of Fresh Oysters to compliment the fruity flavor with salty minerals.



The other crown jewel in the regal family of white wines, Pinot Grigio is light to medium-bodied with a dry taste and summer sunlit hue. They are universal, crisp, and punchy. Although a neutral wine, best served chilled. You will find summer flavors of green apple, sweet honeysuckle, and rich zest throughout. The different notes work well with fresh green grapes, a light cheese, and a creamy pasta dish.



The driest of all three, the Reisling is a go-to for light meat dishes from fish, chicken, and even pork. It is much lighter, cloudier, and normally of German descent. Expect a very clear and vivid freshness in each glass. Similar to entering outside on a bright sunny day full of fluffy clouds and endless possibilities. Taste fresh apple, apricot, notes of mint, a high floral fragrance, and a zippy flavor that is empowering and fruitful.



Dry. A Favorite. Balanced. Lightly Fruited. A Tinge Of Acidity. Sexy, just sexy. Sauvignon Blanc is not only fun to say but an incredibly enjoyable wine. It has glorious tones of grapefruit, apple, elderflower, and florals that subtly layer the mineral and tannins. The ultimate go-to for seafood and perhaps a green tomatillo pesto gazpacho.



Crisp, limey, bright acidity, and wild summer heat dreams, Cortese is rarely mentioned, but we will never forget her presence. Heavily musky and fruit-forward, Cortese is more known in regions throughout Italy. It's punchy with almond and lemon undertones. Truly unique, and above all else COVETED. Its tartness pairs well with white fish, light vegetables, olives, and a peach salad. Also can be referred to as Gavi



Sweet southern belles flock to glasses of Moscato. It is the girl next door and sometimes sticky sweet. In France, it is commonly called muscat for short. It pours smoothly and effortlessly. It is very light, bright, and has a subtle softness to it. Pair with a light salad, or with a nice mascarpone french toast at brunch or white chocolate fondue for the ultimate sweet treat.



Peach, please. Viognier is a go-to for Aussies, however, for the rest of the world, it feels undiscovered and underrated. She is naturally rich and luscious in flavor. Melding the floral and acidity with a deeply ravishing aroma. Some would call it the twin sister of the Chardonnay, but she is not bitter about her sibling getting more exposure, she knows her day will come. What we consider, a seafood SAINT! Viognier is perfect for shellfish, citrus chicken, or anything that would appreciate an oaky undertone.



France’s bronze award for the third most planted grape, the Semillon is richly diverse, mysterious, and herbally curated. It holds similar notes to a Sauvignon Blanc but goes boldly into a balanced, plump, density similar to a Chardonnay. If you are lucky enough to taste a glass of Semillon, you may find flavors like fig, papaya, and creamy oak. It is an Australian favorite and wonderful with dishes that include clove, turmeric, saffron, and dill.



Dry and light, clearly a cousin to the Red Zinfandel and invented by the Sutter Vineyard in 1948, it is flavorful with tastes of citrus, red fruits, and can sometimes even range to a deep sweetness. Zins and Rose’s are similar, but not nearly the same drink. Serve with a fire-roasted vegetable, a spiced crab cake, or a creamy custard-based creme brulee. Our personal favorite is to pair it with derby cheese and a nice crispy cracker.



Can be sweet or dry, Rose is the perfect kick me off to summer, now even served in adorable pink cans! Rose is a summer staple no matter your wine preference. It is versatile, fun, and universally loved. Expect to find luxury flavors like crisp strawberry, raspberry, and perhaps even a bubbly texture. The cliche of this being a feminine drink is long gone. It is the perfect combination of floral and fruit and pairs excellently with white fish and grilled zucchini. Or perhaps out on a picnic with fresh peaches and light white cheddar cheese.

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