Col McBryde and Jennie Gardner founded Adelina in 2002. Their wines are both meticulously crafted and beautifully presented. The Adelina vineyards are in Spring Farm Valley, just south of the Clare township, where their neighbours include Wendouree, Aberfeldy and Sevenhill Cellars. The small Adelina estate plantings, some going back to 1910, are mostly Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro.
Grapes also come from growers other parts of the Clare Valley and in the Adelaide Hills. The Polish Hill River Riesling comes from a vineyard planted in 2000, north-south at 460m, on grey-brown loam over shale, sand and limestone. The fruit is hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and settled, then fermented to complete dryness and stored in stainless tanks prior to clarification and bottling.
Adelina has rated well with us over the years, or more precisely, me! This is from the Hill River Estate, planted 2000 grown on grey-brown loam on shale, mild southerly aspect.
Subtle cinnamon and spice overlay over green apple and lemon. Tingly and racy style, plenty of crunch and mouth-watering acidity, a fine flinty texture, lean but not without flavour, and a grip and sour-fruited finish of fine length. Good energy. Brisk, yet tasty.
94 Points, Gary Walsh, The Winefront, November 2019.