About This Wine
The Gardner family have owned the Spring Farm Estate, the site of both the Adelina winery and vineyards, since 1986. Prior to the inception of Adelina Wines in 2000, Will and Elaine Gardner managed the property and sold fruit to Tim Adams. The Shiraz vineyard here was probably planted circa 1910, no one knows exactly, and the vineyard is sandwiched between two of the Clare's greatest sites, Wendouree (which lies just 150 meters from Adelina) and The Aberfeldy vineyard. So this is an undeniable sweet-spot terroir for Shiraz. The gnarled old vines at Adelina grow in shallow red loam soil that sits over a base of limestone and slate. This soil (and the low yields of these ancient vines) bring both power and mineral freshness. The fruit for the 2017 was hand-picked, destemmed and spent 42 days on skins. Post pressing the wine was racked to a mix of new (30%) and seasoned French oak barriques for 11 months for malo and maturation. These days, this is the only Adelina wine to see any new wood. Col believes it’s the only wine with the richness and viscosity to wear it. It is a stunning example of Clare Shiraz with deep dark fruit, tannins that demand food and /or ageing and a seriously long, energetic close. Despite the intensity, it is a wonderfully fresh and savoury Syrah that any Rhône valley great would be proud of!
Glass-staining ruby. Potent mineral- and spice-accented scents of black raspberry, cherry pit and floral pastille pick up a hint of cola with aeration. Concentrated yet lithe in character, offering gently sweet, smoke-tinged cherry and dark berry flavors that deepen on the back half while maintaining vivacity. Shows superb energy and thrust without any excess weight and finishes gently sweet and extremely long, with silky tannins coming in late to contribute shape and subtle grip.
The Wine Front – “Boysenberry, mint, hazelnut, spicy oak in the background. Medium bodied, a light glossiness, but the firm dusting of emery tannin sweeps it all clean, the acidity fresh-berried, bursting small-berry flavour, and super length. Intensity, balance, regionality. Superb.” 96 points, Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au
World Wine – Another excellent Clare Shiraz from a region whose long Shiraz-capability is, thankfully, becoming better understood.
Jancis Robinson – “This, made from century-old Shiraz vines, is the biggest and burliest of the three 2017 Adelina reds when first opened. Rich, dense, opaque black fruit and dark, solid, grippy tannins. In fact, when I tried them, I initially overlooked the Shiraz in favour of the complexity and subtlety of the [2016 Grenache and 2016 Shiraz/Mataro]. But the wine really came into its own over the next few days, becoming more giving and generous, the tannins yielding to a gentler hug. A thoroughly seductive wine in the end.” Max Allen, jancisrobinson.com