The Adelina vineyards are situated in Spring Farm Valley, just south of the township of Clare. Their neighbours include the vineyards of Wendouree, Aberfeldy and Sevenhill Cellars. The small Adelina plantings were originally established around 1910; mostly Shiraz and Grenache with small plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. The vineyard is right next door to Birk’s Wendouree so we know the terroir is good! The Gardner family has owned the Spring Farm Estate, which is the site of both the Adelina winery and vineyards, since 1986. Prior to the inception of Adelina Wines in 2000, the property was managed by Will and Elaine Gardner, and the fruit was sold to Tim Adams. In 2002, Col McBryde and Jen Gardner, Will and Elaine’s daughter, took over responsibility for the vineyards and launched Adelina wines which are made exclusively from the Estate vineyards.
"From the notable vineyard in Adelaide Hills, Bowe Lees and Loveys. Extended skin contact (across two different maceration lengths) is part of the motif, as is maturation in large format oak. If the 2015 release was 'generous', in my words, this is almost at the polar opposite, in a good way. Skeletal, transparent nebbiolo of savouriness, muted nature and yet good drinkability. The perfume is reduced in volume, showing dried rose petal, dried cranberry, puffs of clove, a waft of miscellaneous pot pourri. It's set to dry and chalky texture, imbued with that sense of concentration of dried cranberries, but with that gentle, sweet, dried fruit richness too, and, importantly, the peaky, perky acidity that comes with that fruit. It sits tight and squeaky in the palate, mouthwatering at its conclusion. It's a wine to spend some time with, appreciate for its structure and quiet power." 92 points, Mike Bennie, winefront.com.au
Adelaide Hills, South Australia