Adelina Shiraz 2016
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 – It's not a blood and thunder style. It has a delicacy; a finesse. This delicacy gives complexity a bit of time and space to move into. Cherries, plums, mint, herbs, undergrowth. Fine underscore of tannin. Length. It doesn't knock you between the eyes but I kept wanting to come back to it, to see what else I'd find. That's a very good thing in a wine.
James Halliday – Estate biodynamic vines circa 100yo. Blackberry and satsuma plum take hold on the fragrant bouquet, and strengthen their grip on the savoury, medium to full-bodied palate. Still needs time in bottle to loosen the bonds, but the wait will be worthwhile.
World Wine – Another excellent Clare Shiraz from a region whose long Shiraz-capability is, thankfully, becoming better understood.
In a mixed or straight case: $45.59