2022 Adelina Estate Grenache

Superb Grenache from one of our favourite Aussie producers - modern and classic all at once.

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Adelina Estate, led by Col McBryde and Jen Gardner, is hitting all the right notes with their latest releases. Their elegant, understated packaging, exceptional old vine fruit, and distinctive 'house style' are solidifying their reputation as one of the finest producers in the Clare Valley.

The Grenache exemplifies the 'new wave' of Australian Grenache—fine-boned and high-toned. Sourced from an 80-year-old vineyard on the Adelina property, this Grenache bursts with aromas of fresh strawberries, raspberries, almonds, mint, and a rosy perfume. Freshness and age-worthiness reign supreme here, with a rocky, mineral feel on the finish, this is a bright, perfumed, and individual expression of Clare Valley's terroir. Superb stuff and top of the tree for Grenache in the Clare, no doubt.

Produced in limited quantities, with only 2,304 bottles made. Rated 95+ points by Gary Walsh and 95 points by Erin Larkin, this wine is a superb example of what Grenache can achieve in the hands of skilled winemakers.

95+ Points
"What a bright, perfumed and individual expression of Grenache. So lovely." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

95 points
"It's really good, engaging, elegant and precise, all the good things we want to see in wine. I love this little pocket of Clare. Who doesn't, by golly."
- Erin Larkin (The Wine Advocate)

REGION: Springfarm / Clare
VINEYARD: Adelina Block 2
GROWERS: Jennie Gardner & Col McBryde
VINE AGE: +80 years
SOIL PROFILE: grey sandy loam on a clay base
ASPECT: mild northerly aspect
FARMING: ACO certified organic

Destemmed / 50% berries crushed (obviously 50% whole). Fermented in concrete, maceration 22 days. 8 months in 700l neutral oak.

pH 3.48 | 5.62 g/l TA | NEG g/l RS | 13.6%

95+ Points - "Strawberry, raspberry, all fresh, with almond, some mint and rosy perfume. Medium-bodied, plenty of crunch and fresh cranberry acidity, a little fennel, so lively, with fine chalk dust grip, and super length. What a bright, perfumed and individual expression of Grenache. So lovely." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

95 points - "The 2022 Grenache is from Block 2 (planted in 1940) on the estate vineyard in Clare Valley, planted in gray sandy loam on a clay base (ACO organic certification). The fruit was fully destemmed, with 5% crushed berries in the ferment, which was conducted in concrete over 23 days. It was then pressed to neutral 700-liter oak for eight months' maturation. For those interested in numbers (me): it has a pH of 3.48, 5.62 grams per liter of total acidity, negligible residual sugar and 13.6% alcohol, with 2,304 bottles (174 dozen) produced. So, to the wine! It offers leafy raspberry pip, tobacco leaf, pink peppercorns, strawberries, pink musk, iodine and blood, a hint of orange rind/lemongrass inflection, tobacco and also notes of green tea. It's really good, engaging, elegant and precise, all the good things we want to see in wine. I love this little pocket of Clare. Who doesn't, by golly. Sealed under screw cap." - Erin Larkin (The Wine Advocate)

93 Points - "This is a particular grenache. More Clare, perhaps, most of all, defined by aromas of tea tree, gum leaf, kirsch, musk, orange zest and lilac. Mid-weighted, firm of tannic fiber and yet, libertarian with the free flow of fruit and sheer joy of the package. Drink or hold. Delicious drinking. Screw cap." - JamesSuckling.com


Adelina Wines, established by Jennie Gardner and Col McBryde, is situated in the Springfarm Valley of Clare Valley. With vineyards dating back to 1910, the estate includes Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro, Malbec, and a unique field blend. Col and Jennie, both PhDs in microbiology, have transformed the vineyard with organic farming methods, achieving certification in 2020.

Their wines are known for delicacy, purity, and terroir expression, featuring old vine Shiraz and Mataro, exceptional Nebbiolo, and vibrant Rieslings. The 80-year-old Grenache vines produce fine-boned, high-toned wines, while the Shiraz showcases bold flavors and impressive tannins.

Sustainability is central to their approach, with minimal water use, manual weeding, and maintaining native scrub. They are also pursuing carbon-neutral certification. Adelina Wines embodies quality and innovation, offering wines that reflect their unique terroir and sustainable practices.

Col McBryde in the vineyard - Clare Valley, SA Adelina

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