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McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale

Both varieties grow side by side in a small vineyard on Kangarilla Rd, inside the town of McLaren Vale. This is as close to a “Vale Floor” as you can get, dense clay soils, very flat vineyard. The vineyard is quite young, so fruit is primary and fruit driven. Perfect for this light red style. The fruit was handpicke on the same day in April, yields were almost identical, only getting approximately 100kg more Mazuelo than Cinsault.

100% of the Mazuelo was whole bunch and laid across the bottom of the fermenter, they then destemmed all of the Cinsault over the top. The wine was pressed early and sweet, retaining low color and primary fruit, and avoiding green stalk tannin. It was transferred to old oak barrels to finish primary and malolactic fermentations, a small dose of SO2 was used post-ML. The lees were stirred fortnightly to build texture, it was racked and bottled without a sulfur addition.

"It’s soupy, yet glossy, silky and juicy, fleshy and yet imbued with this crisp, tangy freshness. Rich perfume of plums, salted and fresh, green olive, pepper, with flavors running a similar course. Sweetish then finishing with a pleasing build to bitter-ish and clean. So easy to drink. Fun in its personality. So good to drink. Makes you feel nice." - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Varietal: 50% Mazuelo (Carignan) - 50% Cinsault
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: Single site in downtown McLaren Vale
  • Vine Age: 35-years-old
  • Clones: Angoves (Mazuelo), D’Arenberg (Cinsault)
  • Yield: 3.3 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Brown & Red Clays
  • TA: 4.97 grams per liter
  • pH: 3.51
  • Alcohol: 12.6%
  • Oak: 5 months in neutral 300L French hogshead
  • Production: 150 cases
Winery & Regional Information

John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young laborer named Thomas Hardy. In so doing, the foundations were being put in place for two wine dynasties that were to dominate the region for over a century. McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states, and it... Learn More »



Somos means "we are" in Spanish. The 'we' is an duo of Australian Ben Caldwell and Mexican Marco Ruiz Cantú.  The Somos story began while Mauricio was studying oenology and viticulture at the University of Adelaide in 2010.  Following graduation he returned to his native Mexico with a small shipment of Barossa Shiraz me made for fun and named it Juguette, a Spanish word for toy.  His market was primarily friends and family but sold a bit in distribution helping to fund his trip home. Learn More »

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