2022 Adelina Estate Shiraz

An astonishingly good release of Col McBryde's signature wine - an intense old-vine Shiraz that's perfect for the cellar.

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A future classic for Clare Valley Shiraz in the making from Col McBryde and Jen Gardner.

Grown on gnarly old centurion vines in some of the region's finest grape-growing land, the vineyard features a unique soil mix of red sand, clay, slate, and limestone. The grapes, grown at 460m elevation, benefit from organic farming certified by ACO.

This is a knockout Shiraz of intensity, class, and immense potential. It's Clare Valley through and through. Bold and striking, showing regional mint and purple fruit on a bedrock of incredibly impressive tannin.

Produced in extremely limited quantities, the Adelina Estate Shiraz is a stunning, true blue Aussie expression of century-old vines. This is the beauty of some of the Clare Valley's finest terroir writ large.

96 Points
"Col McBryde one of the best, most thoughtful winemakers in this country, and indeed, maybe the world. Blackberry, raspberry, a little sweet baking spice, mint and floral perfume, though those things, while good, mean nothing until you put the wine in your mouth; then it really takes off. This is a liquid ‘mineral’ delight, and the tannin is searching, but so fine and stony, and really marks this wine out as a rare bird. Dusty, biscuitty, classic Clare Shiraz of finesse and superb length. Yes."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

REGION: Springfarm / Clare
VINEYARD: Adelina Block 4
GROWERS: Jennie Gardner & Col McBryde
ELEVATION: 460m
VINE AGE: +100 years
SOIL PROFILE: red sand, mild clay, slate and limestone on a clay base.
ASPECT: slight northerly aspect.
FARMING: ACO certified organic

WINEMAKING:
Destemmed / 50% berries crushed, fermented in concrete, maceration 22 days. 10 months in 700l oak, 22% new.

pH 3.59 | 5.90 g/l TA | NEG g/l RS | 13.8%

96 Points - "Block 4 (planted 1915). 223 dozen produced. Col McBryde one of the best, most thoughtful winemakers in this country, and indeed, maybe the world. Blackberry, raspberry, a little sweet baking spice, mint and floral perfume, though those things, while good, mean nothing until you put the wine in your mouth; then it really takes off. This is a liquid ‘mineral’ delight, and the tannin is searching, but so fine and stony, and really marks this wine out as a rare bird. Dusty, biscuitty, classic Clare Shiraz of finesse and superb length. Yes." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

95 points - "The Adelina Block 4 Vineyard is at an elevation of 460 meters. The nose of this 2022 Shiraz leads with a balanced display of rose petals, pastrami, dark chocolate (and some milk chocolate too), pink peppercorns, ferrous, amaro-like tannins and a distinct asphalt/concrete character to the finish. It's a classy wine to the end, with a really impressive arc of evolution in the mouth: perfume > supple flavor > fine tannins > flowing finish > lingering spice. It's a pleasure (I recall the "pleasure" last vintage too), and what's more, it drags you back in for another sip soon after the first. It has a good feedback loop. I like it. This is floral and tannic, savory and fresh, kind of like a Nebbiolo. I love Nebbiolo. 13.8% alcohol, sealed under screw cap." - Erin Larkin (The Wine Advocate)

94 points - "This is good gear. Of place. Lacking pretence. Mid-weighted of feel. A mellifluous roll across the mouth, laden with iodine, blue fruit allusions, licorice all sorts, cloves and a fleck of menthol, yet nothing obtuse or drying. The tannins evince a gentle gritty tension, marked by detail and admirable precision, while promoting a sinuous drive to a long finish. Wonderful tannins here. Nourishing and delicious. Drink or hold. Screw cap." - Ned Goodwin MW (James Suckling)

Adelina

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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