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Arrival in McLaren Vale

My bribery for going to my partner's boss's birthday in Adelaide was a day of cheese and wine in a wine region. After careful internet deliberation, I chose McLaren Vale (over the Clare Valley, the Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills, all a reasonably close distance to Adelaide). So we hired a car, and off we trotted!

The idea was to do a Wine and Cheese Trail from Blessed Cheese, so we started off there, with a list of wineries we wished to visit, and they customised a four winery trail to suit our specifications. They rang the wineries, and packed us up a hamper of cheese, olives rolled in Dukkah, dried muscatels, crackers, and all the relevant cheese accessories (knife, napkins, cheese boards). We got little stickers, to identify us to the wineries, and off we went. (By the way, all this was for the bargain price of $15 per person).



We did a little wandering around the main street of McLaren Vale (conveniently for visitors called Main Street) and discovered all manner of interesting products. The Almond and Olive Train was amazing - you could taste nearly 20 different varieties of almonds, my favourite of which were called Chellaston because of their intensely smoke-pork flavour. We also tried (and bought) some Almond Milk Rock.



My partner enjoyed Brian's Gourmet Olives, and as a non-olive eater, I actually tried one of the first olives I have actually enjoyed. Apparently I need to choose neither dark nor light coloured olives, but the ones 'in the middle'.



We also stopped in at a few of the cellars on Main Street itself - Hardy's Tintara, Shingleback and Tatachilla. I would have to say that Hardy's Tintara was our favourite, not least of which for their cellar door staff. We bought a lovely cellar door exclusive - a 2004 Tempranillo ($18.95) - and really enjoyed their Basket Pressed Premium Grenache 2003 ($35) as well. Shingleback has some lovely wines too, including one called 2005 Pink Knot Rose ($14.95), and once called the 2005 Shingleback Grenache Rose ($21.95) which we purchased as well, using their amazing cellar door offer, where you get a third bottle free, with every two purchased. Our third bottle was a 2005 Red Knot 'Cadenzia' Grenache/ Shiraz/ Mourvedre ($14.95), taking into account their discount, each bottle worked out at a mere $12.00.




Blessed Cheese
150 Main Rd, McLaren Vale, SA 5171       
Ph: +61-8-8323-7958
Fax: +61-8-8323-7918
Email: info@blessedcheese.com.au

Tatachilla Winery
151 Main Road, McLaren Vale  SA  5171
Ph: (08) 8323 8656
Fax: (08) 8323 9096
Email: tatachil@tatachillawinery.com.au
Cellar Door: Daily

Hardys Tintara Winery
Main Road, McLaren Vale  SA  5171
Ph: 08 8329 4124
Fax: 08 8329 4155
Email: corporate@hardywines.com.au
Cellar Door: Open Daily 10am-4.30pm

Shingleback
PO Box 811, McLaren Vale  SA  5171
Ph: 08 8323 9919
Fax: 08 8323 0105
Email: cellardoor@shingleback.com.au
Cellar Door: Open Daily, 10am to 5 pm
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