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2012
Adelina
Shiraz-Mataró
Clare Valley

2012
Adelina
Shiraz-Mataró
Clare Valley

With an annual production barely reaching 1,500 cases, nobody should be surprised that Adelina’s market presence has been eclipsed by its attention-grabbing, more abundant offspring, Some Young Punks. Yet this is about to change. With the Punks label now firmly dug in and continually producing wines that are ever more refined (without relinquishing an ounce of their joyful chutzpah), Col and Jen have now found the space and time to re-launch their original Estate label with a range of new releases (and new labels) that will rewrite the McBryde history books.

This new Shiraz/Mataro is entirely sourced from the Springfarm area of Clare Valley. The Shiraz is Adelina Estate fruit blended with some grapes from the Aberfeldy vineyard while the Mataró is from the Ashton Vineyard "just up the road." All up, an imposing 65 per cent of this wine comes off vines with an age of over 100 years. Production wise it's Adelina's usual routine; all fruit is handpicked and destemmed mostly into open fermenters, with a small portion fermented in Col's new Italian, unlined concrete vats. Both fermentations are with wild yeasts and the wine is matured in French oak barriques (a modest 12% new) for 14 months.

This 'steroid-free' blend is big on fragrance, freshness and texture, without an ounce of puppy fat. It smells of squished red cherries and wild berries, seasoned with peppery spices. The mouth feel delivers supple layers of energetic, spicy red fruits lengthened by first-rate acidity and savory, ripe tannins. From a major vintage in the Clare, there is something pure and restrained to be savored here. In fact this wine is the antithesis of the South Australian 'show pony' style - and it's eminently balanced and approachable from the get go.

  • Region: Clare Valley
  • Varietal: 85% Shiraz - 15% Mataró
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Vineyard: Shiraz (Adelina Vineyard & Aberfeldy Vineyard) - Mataró (Ashton Vineyard)
  • Vine Age: Average: 93 years old
  • Yield: .8 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Predominantly Red Sandy Loam on Clay with Slate and Limestone
  • Production: 580 cases
Winery & Regional Information
CLARE VALLEY

With a continuous history of winemaking dating back to 1852, the stone buildings and wineries of the Clare Valley add to the region's striking and varied beauty. It is a high quality producer of long-lived, intensely flavoured and strongly structured table wines, virtually all of which are made in limited quantities. Learn More »

ADELINA WINES

CLARE VALLEY

Adelina Wines is a boutique winery/vineyard nestled in the Springfarm Valley between Wendouree and the Aberfeldy vineyards, just south of the township of Clare. All fruit is sourced from estate grown vines, which were established around 1910. These old dry grown vines yield mainly Shiraz and Grenache. However there are also small plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Pedro Ximénèz in addition to sourcing some of the best vineyards in South Australia to complete the dream.  Learn More »

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