Adelina Wines Field Blend Clare Valley
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.
'It’s a ripper here. Tense, dry, savoury, character-filled, dark fruits, olive, brambles, general graphite-mineral character and the faintest of old spice cupboard/clove. Drives with vigour and energy across the palate, just shy of medium weight, tight with a sheath of tannin and finishes long and fine with just a hint of just ripe berry sweetness. Beautiful drinking here.'
94 Points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, July 2019.
'This has exceptionally attractive fragrance with a brambly array of rich dark plums and berries. The palate has pastry-like, smooth tannin build with a lithe and juicy, tart red-plum snap to close. Drink now. Screw cap.'
93 Points, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com, May 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.