Wine Region : Clare Valley - Australia
Grapes : Shiraz, Mataro
Tasting Notes : Terrific red of great finesse and savoury complexity that also happens to carry a ridiculously fair price.
Points : 94 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front : "From vines that stretch back over and up to around 100 years old. The fruit hangs out in old barrels and concrete for its maturation. Adelina quietly redefining wine styles from Clare Valley, and definitively at the top of the pack from the region. The wines, particularly the reds, pack in flavour, vitality and, importantly, fine-firm fruit tannin profile, where many from the region rely on heft, oak, ripe fruit for their character, which is fine, but at times clumsy. Anyways. Off the little soapbox. Sweet red cherry, rose petal scents, raspberry, dried cranberry. The gist, red fruits, lots of them. There's spice, salty liquorice and brambly-herbal things too. Medium weight in the palate, hemmed with powdery, shapely, pumice-stone-like tannins - architecture is great, the feel great, the drinking experience ultra-satisfying. The pool of fine amaro-Campari like coolness-herbiness-sour red fruits to close, the clincher. Yum. Such a lovely, sophisticated wine for the bucks."
95 points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com : "An expressive and modern young blend, delivering aromas of spicy red and dark plums, blueberries and dark cherries. Gently meaty notes and attractive oak influence, too. The palate has a ripe and sweet core of fleshy fruit flavors, as well as a smooth, stony tannin texture. Terrific focus, which is the Adelina hallmark. Drink now."
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