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CHATEAU REYNELLA Vintage Port 1998

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CHATEAU REYNELLA Vintage Port 1998

CHATEAU REYNELLA Vintage Port, McLaren Vale
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CHATEAU REYNELLA Vintage Port, McLaren Vale
  • Style: Australian Port
  • Vintage: 1998
  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Code: CRVP
  • Varietal: Vintage Port
  • Country: Australia

Region McLaren Vale

The McLaren Vale wine region is located between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the Gulf of St Vincent just South of Adelaide in South Australia. Historically it was John Reynell who established Chateau Reynella in 1838, and Thomas Hardy who purchased the historic Tintara in 1876, that kick started the development of the McLaren Vale wine industry. The climate is generally considered warm, although different aspects, altitude and the effect of the cooling ocean breezes moderate the climate within the different sub-regions of the Vale. A large number of soil types are present, although red-brown loams dominate. The biggest viticultural challenge is the potential for drought and the overall lack of water. Full bodied, robust and plush reds typify the McLaren Vale style. Plantings are dominated by Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, with smaller plantings of whites including Semillon, and Chardonnay. More recent plantings of Mediterranean varieties particularly suited to the climate, including Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Mourvedre, Savagnin and Fiano have also been very successful.

Winery CHATEAU REYNELLA

Established in 1838, Chateau Reynella is seen as the birthplace of South Australian wine industry, as they were the first to grow grapes commercially for winemaking in South Australia. Their first vintage was in 1842 after John Reynell received vine cuttings from William Macarthur from NSW. In 1982 it was purchased by Thomas Hardy and Sons and has subsequently become part of the Accolade stable. McLaren Vale fruit is used to make the Basket pressed Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, full bodied and ripe styles from the warmer McLaren Vale. A vintage Port is also produced. It is now simply called Reynella, dropping the Chateau from its name.