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.
Sourced from the Estate's two-acre (0.8-hectare) Springvale block of vines, planted in 1942, where the very old, desiccated grey loams and maturity of the vines means yields are naturally low. As for the winemaking specs, Col notes, 50 days on skins, fermented indigenously in closed concrete tank. Pressed/ settled for several days and racked to barrel for malo (neutral French barrique). Racked once post malo and then returned to oak, bottled after 10 months.
Made from Adelina's 80-year-old, dry-grown vines, this is a fantastic example of the new wave of seriously fine Grenache emerging from South Australia at the moment. Initially the wine is tightly woven and is redolent of undergrowth, like a bramble hedge, but after a while it opens up to reveal a cloud of perfumed red berries, some fine, if firm, sandy tannins, and Pinot-like complexity.' Max Allen
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.
A wine with terrific elegance and focus. This 2017 vintage grenache has considerable power and purity. A thrilling wine to taste. The style of restrained fruit and clearly expressed tannins continues in this vintage. The succulent red fruits hold long, fresh and unwavering.