Adelina Wines

Adelina is a small winery and vineyard nestled in the Spring Farm Valley between the Aberfeldy and Wendouree vineyards, approximately 4km south/south east of the township of Clare, Australia. The small vineyard has an elevation of approximately 450 meters above sea level. Originally established circa 1910, the vineyard yields mainly Shiraz, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon; however, there are also small plantings of Pinot Noir and Pedro Ximenes. Jennie Gardner and Colin McBryde of Some Young Punks, run the winery and make the wines. Both Colin and Jennie hold Ph.D’s in oenology, importantly they see themselves as custodians of a dynamic vineyard and winery. Their winemaking philosophy is simple: make wines which exhibit a sense of place, the definition of site, climate, and season, utilizing minimalist approaches. Certified Biodynamic.

Adelina Shiraz

The Adelina Shiraz vineyard is a two-acre plot that was originally planted in 1910. These old vines are gnarled and low yielding and set into shallow red soil that overlay a base of slate and limestone. Already not producing many grapes, this shallow soil forces Adelina’s old Shiraz vines to struggle for moisture, thereby lessening the numbers of grape produced even further, leaving those that remain with a remarkable intensity of flavor.

 

The two acres of vines rarely produce enough grapes to produce more than 225 cases per year making this Adelina Shiraz a rare wine indeed. (An allocation of just 50 cases for the entire United States is not unusual!)

 

After careful picking at the end of the summer, the grapes are destemmed before being lightly crushed to release their unctuous juices. The grapes are then soaked for six to seven days before being left in contact with the grape juice whilst fermentation begins for up to 21 days. The fermentation and maturation then continues in oak for 14 months before bottling and release.

 

Region: Clare Valley
Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Vintage: 2010
Vineyard: Adelina Vineyard
Vine Age: 100 years
Viticulture: Biodynamic
Yield: .85 tons per acre
Soil Type: Shallow Red Loam over Limestone and Slate
Oak: 14 months in French barrique (33% new)
Production: 211 cases

Reviews:

"Vivid ruby. Intensely floral nose displays violet, jasmine and licorice, with strong mulberry and blackberry qualities. Spicy and perfumed in the mouth, with excellent clarity to its intense blackberry and candied violet flavors. Brisk and penetrating, with excellent finishing clarity and lingering spiciness. Balanced to age but very sexy now." ~ 93, Vinous July 2012

 

"Opaque purple. Deep black and blue fruit scents are complemented by notes of Asian spices, licorice and dark chocolate. Displays brighter red berries in the mouth, with supple tannins framing the fruit and adding back-end grip. Finishes juicy, long and strikingly fresh. This benefits from aeration and betrays no rough edges." ~ 91, International Wine Cellar

Price: (6pk) $260 net