I sometimes think Adelina should make some Hunter Valley Shiraz. They are the masters of elegant, detailed, medium bodied, full flavoured wines, perfumed and seductive. Complex and detailed, with layered red fruits, flecks of spice and genuine textural complexity. Round in the mouth, ample and supple, almost weightlessly elegant. Beautiful wine. Waters Wine Co.
There are plenty of pseudo field blends on the market, but this is the real deal, and features Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro, Ugni Blanc, Roussanne and Carignan, all randomly planted in a single block of the Adelina Estate vineyard. 2020 is just the third release from this organically farmed parcel and, again, judging by the quality, this Gardner-McBryde brainwave has proved to be an inspired decision.
In true field blend style, the grapes were harvested and fermented as one. Destemming was followed by an uncrushed co-fermentation and maceration for eight days. The wine was then pressed off into neutral oak for six months before bottling. A fascinating wine and, with only 50 dozen produced, it won’t last. It has that classic Adelina medium-bodied, effortless feel to it: it’s bright but also complex and earthy with a wonderful balance of fruit and very, very fine, powdery tannins. Absolutely delicious.