Mclaren Vale Wineries- Hoffmann’s

Peter and Anthea Hoffmann have their own patch of paradise in their Mclaren Vale property of about 20 acres of vines some old buildings which are now the homestead, cellar door and their Current Shed Restaurant.  See the wineries map for their location – remember to click on Hoffmann’s on the left hand side of the Google Maps page to open the correct location pointer.  Also, check out their web site at
Hoffmanns Cellar Door

Hoffmann's Cellar Door

The cellar door is the last winery on Ingoldby Road and is quite idealic – vineyards, gardens, vine covered courtyard and restaurant.  The Hoffmann’s have had the property since 1978 and their hard work over many years has produced wonderful surroundings with good selection of grapes – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.  There is an old world charm at the cellar door as there is a number of old collectible type farming type  implements, plus the rear window shows an unusual trellising of a grape vine.
More information can be found on Hoffmann’s web site at
Current Shed Resturant

Current Shed Restaurant

Hoffmanns Courtyard

Hoffmann's Courtyard

The cellar door also sells some chutneys and sauces made at the Current Shed.

Now the wines:-

White Wines

2008 Sauvignon Blanc Blend ($A18)

This wine is 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Chardonnay and 10% Semillon.  This in an unashamedly drink now, drink cold, wine.  There is a persistent and pleasant Nashi Pear character on the nose and this comes through on the palate.

2008 Chardonnay ($A18)

A small proportion of this wine was fermented in new french oak.  The amount of oak treatment is just right – any more and it would have been reminiscent of the “drinking oak with your Chardonnay” days from the 80’s.  The wine shows stone fruit on the nose and in the mouth with a nutty lingering complexity.  There is no creamy characters that I was expecting so I assume that malolactic acid fermentation did not occur, or only minimally, in the wine.  This is definitely a food wine and I would try it with  home made Pea and Ham soup.

Red Wines

2007 Merlot ($A23)

I do not normally like straight Merlot wines – but was this a surprise!  The wine has the usual soft tannins but the oak treatment is complimentary to the soft tannins.  The secret to this seems to be the use of old american oak.  There is plenty of blackberry and dark cherries on the nose with spice on the palate with a mocha finish.

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon ($A23)

This wine is made from grapes from the estate vineyard of the famous Reynell clone and is partially fermented in french oak.  It has all the typical cabernet characters.

2006 Shiraz ($A23)

The wine I tasted was opened just prior to pouring and so was not representative of the true wine.  The wine had a closed nose and was thin in the mouth.  Some characters of blackberry and chocolate were present.  I tasted this wine a number of months ago and was impressed enough to buy it. 

2006 Shiraz Cabernet ($A23)

The Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet so popular in the 70’s and 80’s but went out of favour when the trend was for varietal wines.  This was a pitty as the blend seemed to work well – the ripeness of the shiraz complimented the lack of a mid pallate of the cabernet (the “donut” character).  It is good to see some examples of the blend finding it’s way back into production.  The wine is 70% Shiraz and 30% Cabernet and the base wines were the same as the varietal wines above.  The wine shows rich ripe fruit and silky tannins combined with the black fruits of blackberry and blackcurrents.  A classy wine that I just had to bring home with me.  Sitting here writing this I am thinking of Individual Beef Wellingtons with using Wychwood Meat rump steak, Maggie Beer Pate and local button mushrooms wraped in pastry, creamy mashed potato, green beans and some broccoli from my vegi garden.  My mouth is watering just thinking about the combination.

Cellar Door Special Offer

1 bottle of each wine (6 in total) for $A95, a saving of 27%  from the single bottle price.

About Lonely Grape

Passionate about wine - particularly McLaren Vale wines. Check out my blog on different winery reviews and my wine sales web site
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2 Responses to Mclaren Vale Wineries- Hoffmann’s

  1. Michael says:

    Is Hoffmann’s the maker of the 1980 Browlow Medal (commemorative) Port ?

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