The juice in this bottle of Adelina Shiraz Mataro is as compelling as its vibrant label. Made in the Clare Valley by winemakers Jennie Gardner and Colin McBryde’s, it’s a blend that will keep you coming back.
Adhering to Adelina’s philosophy of minimal tech production for maximal quality, grapes are handpicked, destemmed, and aged on oak and concrete. The vines for this wine were planted in the first quarter of the 20th Century.
You’ll taste dark fruit, herbs, spices, and much more besides. Deep, long, and complex, this has the potential to age for a good ten years.
"So much to like from the Adelina stable of wines.
Medium weight, fine tannins, layers of spice, restrained red and blue berry fruitiness, a web of Italianate tannins and herbs and brambly savouriness rolled in. It sits tight and dart-shaped in the palate, draws exceptionally long, feels not for now but later yet still has a compelling thing to it that asks you to keep at your glass. Dark-sour cherry, amaro, clove all happening. Superb wine here, all structure and yet all appeal."
95 points, The Wine Front (July 2019)
"There’s a wealth of vibrant dark plums here with a deep, herb and asphalt edge as well. The palate carries a very plush, fresh and lively feel with impressive depth and elegance."
94 points, jamessuckling.com (June 2019)
The Clare ValleyThe Clare Valley is located two hours north of Adelaide in the Mount Lofty ranges. The region was settled by John Horrocks who encouraged his servant James Green to plant the first vines in 1842. Climate in the Clare Valley is continental with hot summers, cold winters and low rainfall that necessitates supplementary irrigation. Soils in the valley are predominantly red brown loams over shale, permitting excellent drainage. Many of the best vineyards are located at higher elevations of 400-500m on sites that take advantage of the cool breezes that funnel up the corrugation of hills from the south. The Clare Valley is renowned for its zesty fruit-pure Rieslings particularly from the sub-regions of Polish Hill and Watervale. The region also produces intense age-worthy sturdy reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.