When Adelaide warms up in the summer there is always somewhere nearby to cool off: the Mount Lofty Ranges just cast of the city. Clouds from the weal, collect hr re over green hills. The southern tip of the Adelaide Rills region may skirl the northeastern boundary of McLaren Vale but they are worlds apart. Adelaide Hills was the first Australian region to establish a reputation for reliably citrus-fresh Sauvignon Blanc now the area’s lead variety, closely followed by Chardonnay. The 1.300ft (400m) contour line provides the boundary of the appellation, except to the north. At altitudes above this, the grey mist is common, as is spring frost, and chilly nights, even ill summer. Rainfall is relatively high but concentrated in winter. Generalizations are difficult, however, about a wine region that stretches 50 miles (80km) from northeast to southwest.
The Piccadilly Valley on Mount Lofty was originally slaked out in the 1970s by Brian Croser. founder of Petaluma, as a defiantly cool area for Chardonnay vines, then a novelty in Australia. Since then, the area under vine has substantially increased. Everyone wants cool-climate fruit. These days, the region has around 90 wineries and many more growers who supply producers big and small.
While Shiraz plan Lings have almost doubled over the last decade. Cabernet and, especially Merlot has declined in importance. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given that the region also makes fine sparkling wines. Pi not. Noir is the lead red variety and producers such as AslUon 11 ills. Barratt Wines, Jeffrey Grosset, TTenschko, Lea brook Estate, Lucy Margaux Vineyards, and Nepenthe have made competent still versions. Tempranillo and Italian varieties, especially Nebbiolo, show promise.
Even Chardonnay can be Sauvignon-like with brisk nectarine flavors and real precision. Such producers as Nepenthe and The Lane make equally precise aromatic wines from Viognier and Pinot (iris. Riesling clearly thrives here, loo.
Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood are the only two official subregions to date, but many locals consider that Basket Range, Birdwood Charleston, Echunga, Hahndorf Kuitpo, Macclesfield, Mount Barker. Paracombe and Wood si do all have discernible and distinctive characteristics.
Only the southwestern corner of the Adelaide bills is mapped in detail. here. To the north, vineyards around Gumeracha are warm enough to ripen Cabernet Sauvignon, and some particularly Rhone-like Shiraz соines from Mount Barker, southeast of Stirling.