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.
This has lots going for it. Rich perfume of dark berries, sweet earth, dried flowers, very aromatic but feels kind of savoury. The palate is the same, bloody and rich, hewn with sheets of grippy, grunty tannins, upfront whips away quickly, feels tight, the finish a cavalcade of tumbling tannin, gamey fruit, piquant, tactile spice and minerally stony qualities. Boom. That somewhat missing front palate might just be the go now, but we get something serious to finish. I like it, all up.
93+ points, The Wine Front (August 2020)
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.