• 96 pts Nick Stock - "old-vine beauty"
  • 94 pts James Halliday - "Cellar to 2025"
  • The vineyard is right next door to Birk's Wendouree..
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  • Nick Stock
    96 points
  • James Halliday
    94 points
  • Mike Bennie
    93 points

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
  • Palate

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Nick Stock

    "Well, once you get past the cool-as-hell label, the old-vine beauty of this Clare Valley shiraz is an entrancing thing. There's gentle and soulful dark fruits, plums and blackberries, hints of licorice and earthy, spicy notes too - and a herbal, gum leaf edge. The palate has this really haunting mix of purity, depth and richness, delivered with sweeping walls of fine, ripe tannin that carry dense red and black fruit flavour incredibly long into the finish. Leaves a trail of stony black minerals and plum in its wake. A special wine."
  • James Halliday

    "Around 200 dozen bottles made, and the striking label is full of shades of black. Getting past that, this is a remarkably elegant wine, with a juicy cascade of red fruits, finely tempered French oak, and silky tannins."
  • Mike Bennie

    "Beautiful aromas, pure of fruit and gently savoury, dash of pepper, a touch of concentrated dried fruit character, but lending character not distraction. There's a soft ferrous note in the wine too, but it's mopped up by medium bodied anise-tinged fruit flavours through the palate. Seamless, soft and bright in flavour, this is a surprisingly elegant wine of immense drinkability. Brisk acidity with a slick of sage herbals lifts the wine and a wisp of tobacco-leaf savouriness and a line of dusty tannins run through. Finishes long and pure and juicy. Slinky and delicious."

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South Australia

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Clare Valley

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About the brand Adelina Wines

Good things come in small packages and that applies to wineries too. Adelina, a small-batch producer from Springfarm, a sub-region of Clare, fits the bill perfectly. It’s owned and run by winemakers and science boffins, Jen Gardner and Col McBryde, of Some Young Punks fame, who have combined their love of Italian wine varietals with the intricacies of science to create a small and impressive portfolio of wines.

Established Shiraz, Grenache and Pedro Ximenez vines grow alongside younger plantings of Shiraz and Mataro, with biodynamic principles applied to all estate grown fruit. Jen and Col also bring in fruit from a select group of Clare and Adelaide Hills growers for their non-estate range which includes an Arneis, Riesling, Nebbiolo and Shiraz Mataro.

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