McLaren Vale III Associates

Based in the heart of the stunning town of McLaren Vale, the family-owned and -operated vineyards and winery of McLaren Vale III Associates were launched in 1999. Prior to the label’s launch, the main priority was to buy vineyards that produced the best fruit in the district, establishing a fundamental source that could create some of the best wines possible before launching a first vintage.

With the use of sustainable viticulture and a show of true respect for the vineyards and fruit produced, the team at McLaren Vale III Associates nurtures the vines year-round to produce wines that are a true representation of the region’s capabilities.

Recent accolades have seen McLaren Vale III Associates dominate the international wine circuit, with the 2012 Giant Squid Ink Shiraz being awarded the trophy for Best Shiraz, and the special trophy for Best Red Wine at the 2015 Australian Wine Challenge in Vienna. As one of the world’s largest and most recognised wine shows, more than 11,600 wines were entered from 40 different countries, and the 2012 Giant Squid Ink Shiraz delivered on quality.

Although best known for its premium shiraz range, McLaren Vale III Associates’ other wines are also well worth a visit to the cellar door. These include the 1928-planted dry-grown grenache, the grenache shiraz mourvedre (GSM) blend and the vineyard’s sauvignon blanc.

Nestled among the lush vineyards, the enchanting cellar door is surrounded by gum trees and offers a unique tasting table. Visitors can enjoy a tasting of all award-winning wines among the stunning surrounds.



2012 McLaren Vale III Associates Giant Squid Ink Shiraz

Layer upon layer of flavour profiles tantalise the palate in this shiraz. An abundance of dark-berry fruits and cocoa are left embedded in the oak and are supported by the beautifully- weighted ripe, succulent and silky tannins, creating a seamless finish.

2013 McLaren Vale III Associates Squid Ink Shiraz

Deep red with vibrant purple hues, this shiraz exhibits a nose of dark berries with an evident blueberry character. Vanilla oak beautifully complements the nose with sweet characteristics and an array of dark fruits overwhelms the palate with great spicy elements that linger, and firm, fine tannins carry an impeccable acid line.

2013 McLaren Vale III Associates The Descendant of Squid Ink Shiraz

This wine displays a nose dominated by the intensity of ripe blackberries, raspberry and plum with black olive overtones. The palate is full of rich berry intensity with some light spice to the fore. This wine shows an excellent concentration of flavour, with a long finish complemented by slightly dusty, soft and furry tannins.

2012 McLaren Vale III Associates Backbone GSM

Deep red in colour with a touch of brick, the nose is ruled by ripe berry and spicy notes from the grenache, as well as complex subtle oak notes. The palate is medium- to full-bodied, with spicy grenache flavours and subtle berry notes. The complexity from the barrel ageing adds interest and leads to a clean, dry finish with well-integrated tannins.



  • Getting There: 309 Foggo Road,
  • Suburb: McLaren Vale
  • Phone: (08) 8323 7940
  • Mobile: 0413 325 077
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
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  • Cellar Door: Open 9:00am–5:00pm Monday to Friday and 11:00am–5:00pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
  • Restaurant: No
  • Weddings & Functions: No
  • Accommodation: No
  • Additional Features: Online wine sales and Squid Ink vertical tasting available on weekends