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.
"Even as avid fans of this wine, we think it has really hit its straps in recent vintages. When you know the story behind the wine, the sublime quality starts to make sense; it's grown in a tiny, old-vine 2-acre parcel a stone's throw from the iconic Wendouree vineyard and takes its muse from Emmanuel Reynaud's legendary Château Rayas."
If you want the smarts in Australian Grenache, look no further. It's works the line between old-vine material, and the lithe, less-is-more approach that many of the finest of the world's Grenache take on. A stunning execution, that feels like it belongs in the Southern Rhone (via way of Burgundy for the delicacy and finesse).
Sourced from the estate's 2-acre (0.8-hectare) Springvale block of vines (aka Block 2), 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 that the wine spends 22 days on skins and is fermented in closed concrete tank. Pressed/settled for several days and racked back to concrete tank for nine months.
While delicate, this wine still packs a punch. Assortment of red fruit, raspberries and spices. Wonderful vibrant acidity, and soft moorish tannins. It's the reason why we make a big deal about very old vines
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 bright, sliced-strawberry nose with a gentle spray of wild raspberries on offer, too. The palate has juicy and succulent style with impressive tannin kick and a succulent and juicy array of bright raspberries at the finish. So focused and so lively. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
It’s not a great way to start a review of grenache, but it fits: distinct ‘pinosity’ here. Light, lithe, fine and svelte. Gossamer web of pomegranate, light spice, rose hip tea character. Fine tannins stretch from mid palate through to a fan of light chew. It’s really pretty, but also shows some assertive nature too. Bitter in that totally pleasing way. This is superb. Understated yet has so much to say.