"Adelina is one label that leads the charge to reimagined styles, working intelligently with a number of red varieties. They take quality vineyards (sometimes with very old vines) and look to a lighter touch in the winery. Their shiraz mataro, varietal grenache and innovative field blend (shiraz, grenache, mataro, ugni blanc and carignan) all drink well as young wines and show the potential to mature with interest in bottle."
Adelina's Shiraz/Mataro (65:35) is 100% sourced from Springfarm, Clare Valley, with the Shiraz being mostly fruit from the Aberfeldy vineyard (now run by Jim McDowell and Anne Brown who have owned and maintained this block for some 30 years), with a little Adelina estate fruit.
From vines that have been planted predominantly between 1904 and 1930, these sites sit on red sandy soils on a clay base with some slate and limestone as well. The Mataro comes off 10+-year-old Springfarm vines. Elevation is around 440 metres. All up, an imposing 60-70% of this wine comes off vines with an age of around 100 years! Production-wise it's the routine that has served this estate so well. All fruit is handpicked and destemmed into Col's Italian, unlined concrete vats. The Shiraz/Mataro wine is matured principally in concrete tank (65%) and seasoned in large format French oak. Such wonderful finesse; this is just a fabulous wine and at a ridiculous value. Don't hesitate.
Typically red sandy sites on clay base, slate and limestone predominate as well. Elevation varies between 430-460m. All within a close proximity of the Adelina Estate vineyard. Fruit was hand picked, destemmed and fermented with selected yeast. Maceration times varied between 20 and 55 days on skins. Post pressing the wine was racked to large format french oak (35%) and concrete tank (65%) for malo (indigenous bacteria) and maturation. 6,168 bottles produced.
A medium bodied, plush and delicious wine. Pretty fruit, mineral tones with a delightful tannin and acid balance. Beautifully lifted with boysenberry & charcuterie notes. It's an expressive and vibrant wine.
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.
NICK STOCK - JAMESSUCKLING.COM
An expressive and modern young blend, delivering aromas of spicy red and dark plums, blueberries and dark cherries. Gently meaty notes and attractive oak influence, too. The palate has a ripe and sweet core of fleshy fruit flavors, as well as a smooth, stony tannin texture. Terrific focus, which is the Adelina hallmark.'
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
From vines that stretch back over and up to around 100 years old. The fruit hangs out in old barrels and concrete for its maturation. Adelina quietly redefining wine styles from Clare Valley, and definitively at the top of the pack from the region. The wines, particularly the reds, pack in flavour, vitality and, importantly, fine-firm fruit tannin profile, where many from the region rely on heft, oak, ripe fruit for their character, which is fine, but at times clumsy. Anyways. Off the little soapbox. Sweet red cherry, rose petal scents, raspberry, dried cranberry. The gist, red fruits, lots of them. There’s spice, salty liquorice and brambly-herbal things too. Medium weight in the palate, hemmed with powdery, shapely, pumice-stone-like tannins – architecture is great, the feel great, the drinking experience ultra-satsifying. The pool of fine amaro-Campari like coolness-herbiness-sour red fruits to close, the clincher. Yum. Such a lovely, sophisticated wine for the bucks.'