2017 is a lovely vintage, and all of Adelina’s wines are a triumph. This cracker from the Clare Valley is absolutely packed with red fruits. Cherries, red currants, cranberries and raspberries burst on the nose and palate. The sweetest fruits, tangy acidity and savoury tannins make for a delicious, medium-bodied bistro wine. The 2017 Adelina Shiraz Mataro is just fabulous and ridiculous value.
The grapes come from Springfarm, Clare Valley. Most of the Shiraz fruit is from the Aberfeldy vineyard (now run by Jim McDowell and Anne Brown who have owned and maintained this block for some 30 years), with a little Adelina estate fruit. The Mataro is from 10- year-old Springfarm vines and the blend is 65% Shiraz, 35% Mataro.
The vines were planted predominantly between 1904 and 1930. These sites sit at an elevation of around 440 metres, on red sandy soils with a clay base and some slate and limestone. An imposing 60-70% of this wine comes off vines with an age of around 100 years.
The fruit is handpicked and destemmed into Col’s Italian, unlined concrete vats. The Shiraz/Mataro is matured principally in concrete tank (65%) and seasoned in large format French oak.