The 2018 Adelina is a stunning example of Clare Shiraz, and perhaps their finest release to date. Only 1518 bottles made. Handpicked and destemmed; one part crushed and one part whole berries to create two separate ferments. Up to 27 days on skins and then pressed into large, 700-litre French oak for malo and maturation for eight months.
“OMG! This ancient parcel of shiraz has delivered phenomenal purity and intensity in 2018 with such poise and detail. Tangy and attractively sinewy red plums fill the palate in linear style. This brand of purity in shiraz is rarely seen, something akin to a great Hermitage, or even Barolo.” 97 points, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
The Shiraz vines at Adelina were probably planted circa 1910, no one knows exactly, and the vineyard is sandwiched between two of the Clare’s greatest sites, Wendouree (which lies just 150 metres from Adelina) and the Aberfeldy vineyard. So this is an undeniable sweet-spot terroir for Shiraz. The gnarled old vines here are now managed organically and grow in shallow red loam soil that sits over a base of limestone and slate. This soil (and the low yields of these ancient vines) bring both power and mineral freshness.