Adelina Shiraz 2022


Col McBryde told me that he liked to drink Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo whilst at home and their influence is clear. Expressive with kirsch, lavender, pink peppercorns, cassis, blackberry, cocoa, mint, fresh compost and a ferrous quality not always present in Clare shiraz. Medium bodied and mouthwatering, the fruit picked perfectly ripe. Very pure, deep and brooding, a weightless quality, effortless flavour and long, fine, bow like al dente tannins. More Nebbiolo than Pinot for me. Mineral. Waters Wine Co


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. 96 points, The Wine Front


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. 95 points, Erin Larkin, The Wine Advocate


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. 94 points, Ned Goodwin MW, James Suckling.


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