As the photo below shows the road sign and cellar door is best described as rustic (they both look the same they did when I first visited Tinlins 25 years ago).
All wines are available for tasting, though some maybe put off the squat plastic cups that are supplied. The lables on the bottles are generic – no mention of grape varieties (or proportions of varieties) or vintage – something I found very strange on my first couple of visits (many years apart). Another tip so you don’t get caught is that this McLaren Vale cellar door does not accept credit cards or have Efpos facilities – they only deal with cash payments. I normally do not have alot of cash on me and I use credit ot Efpos for most of my purchases – yes I was caught on my last visit.
I did not taste all the wines so I will only be commenting on some, however the wine list and prices can be found in Tinlins Price List
This is a blend of a number of grape varieties and I found the wine had a chemical aroma and after taste. I could not determine what varieties were present. The wine was very dry and if this was to your liking I would suggest this be drunk very cold (to help reduce the chemical aromas and flavours). The wine was not unpleasent but neither was it pleasent and I would not be going back for more of this.
The Claret (as well as the “Burgandy”) is a Grenache / Shiraz blend. This batch (as I cannot call it a vintage) was better than the last one I tasted about 18 months ago. Typical generous fruit flavours but with a slightly bitter finish. I was assured that this wine had a good following, but not quite to my liking.
This is a Shriaz based wine and the best table wine from Tinlins. A little lighter than normally assocciated with McLaren Vale Shiraz and was a little short on the palate. Pleasant to drink in a bulk wine sort of way. I had a cask of this last winter as cooking wine – though I am not sure how much went into the cooking!
One of Tinlins best sellers and I can understand why. This wine is smooth, not too sweet and easy to drink. Last winter I had a cask of this and was my drink when I got home from the public transport commute from the city – I needed a drink after spending an hour with the “Great Un-washed” (thanks Neil for the quote).
The muscat is also popular as it is a sweet light style Muscat, with the typical rasin flavours that is also easy to drink. I can imagine many a local drinking this one after dinner by the open fire.
This has a strong aroma of ginger – in fact that is all you can really smell and taste. I bought some of this to help ward off the winter colds – did not work, but a good excuse. The wine reminds me of my youth drinking Green Ginger Wine mixed with scotch – ouch I can still feel the hangover.