- The Shiraz vines at Adelina were 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 metres from Adelina) and the Aberfeldy vineyard. So this is an undeniable sweet-spot terroir for Shiraz. The gnarled old vines here are now managed organically and 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 2018 was handpicked and destemmed; one part crushed and one part whole berries to create two separate ferments. The wine spent up to 27 days on skins and was then pressed into large, 700-litre French oak for malo and maturation for eight months. As you might gather from the review below it is a stunning example of Clare Shiraz, and perhaps Adelina's finest release to date. A head's up--the 2018 Grenache is equally special. Only 1518 bottles made.
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.