Region Insight: Clare Valley

Posted: October 10, 2019

HOME OF AUSTRALIA’S PREMIUM RIESLING

Located some 100km north of the Barossa and 140km north of Adelaide, this region produces some of Australia’s premium Riesling. The fruit produced here makes delicious wines with great depth and intensity. Elevation is one of the factors that make Clare such a prime region for grape growing – particularly for Riesling and Shiraz. Although not technically considered a ‘cool-climate’ area, most of the vineyards are planted at between 400 and 500 metres above sea level, meaning cool to cold nights during the growing season. Given its distance from the ocean, the region is also quite continental, so warm to hot during the day and quite dry while the vines are ripening their fruit.

Although Clare Valley is more famously known for its Riesling, it’s the same climatic conditions that help to produce its unique style of red wine with the three top varieties being Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache. Clare Valley reds present a delicious contradiction. On one hand they’re big and bold, yet on the other, underlying acidity creates beautiful elegance. Pikes and Knappstein are two of the better-known producers from the area.

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