- 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-crushed and destemmed-whole berries for two separate ferments, with 22 and 42 days on skins respectively. The wines were then pressed into large, 700-litre French oak for malo and maturation for nine months. 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.
Region: Clare Valley, SA
96 Points - James Suckling
Pristine focus and appeal with a very fluid, long and layered palate, delivering admirably in the Adelina style of restrained power. The aromas and flavors of dark plums, blackberries and dark cherries are vibrant and engaging. There's a sense of carefully captured tension on the palate that equates to well-judged picking and vinification. Superb.