Adelina are a small vineyard and winery in the Springfarm sub-region of Clare, set amongst one of the most historically relevant winery and vineyards in Australia. They have small plantings of well established Shiraz, Grenache and Pedro Ximenez, also recently established Shiraz and Mataro.
Fruit was handpicked and destemmed; maceration times varied, from 40-odd days up to 82 days on skins. Post pressing, the wine was racked to large format French oak for 14 months for (indigenous) malo and maturation.
Spicy red fruits, with a fennel savouriness. Fine, firm palate with chalky, pliant tannins and beautifully balanced acidity. A lighter expression of Nebbiolo with a delicious, lengthy finish.
The Adelina vineyards are situated in Spring Farm Valley, just south of the township of Clare. Their neighbours include the vineyards of Wendouree, Aberfeldy and Sevenhill Cellars. The small Adelina plantings were originally established around 1910; mostly Shiraz and Grenache with small plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. The vineyard is right next door to Birk’s Wendouree so we know the terroir is good! The Gardner family has owned the Spring Farm Estate, which is the site of both the Adelina winery and vineyards, since 1986. Prior to the inception of Adelina Wines in 2000, the property was managed by Will and Elaine Gardner, and the fruit was sold to Tim Adams. In 2002, Col McBryde and Jen Gardner, Will and Elaine’s daughter, took over responsibility for the vineyards and launched Adelina wines which are made exclusively from the Estate vineyards. The pair has been involved in winemaking and research since the mid-90s.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
Fermented and matured in neutral oak. Not a foot wrong. Pale crimson in colour, with a slight copper tinge. From there it takes fruit sweetness and spicy-savouriness in its stride; it tosses both sides of the coin at you as if it’s no trouble at all. Redcurrant, florals, dry spice, green herbs and dry licorice. A gentle run of tannin; more ‘mouthfeel’ than anything too grippy. Frisky throughout, as rose should be. Excellent.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
Skeletal, transparent nebbiolo of savouriness, muted nature and yet good drinkability. The perfume is reduced in volume, showing dried rose petal, dried cranberry, puffs of clove, a waft of miscellaneous pot pourri. It’s set to dry and chalky texture, imbued with that sense of concentration of dried cranberries, but with that gentle, sweet, dried fruit richness too, and, importantly, the peaky, perky acidity that comes with that fruit. It sits tight and squeaky in the palate, mouthwatering at its conclusion. It’s a wine to spend some time with, appreciate for its structure and quiet power.
A light and leafy nebbiolo that has hints of rose perfume and red berries. Elegant, crisp palate. Drink now.