2021 Adelina McLaren Vale Shiraz - McLaren Vale
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Having worked with growers in the region for almost twenty years under the Some Young Punks label, Col McBryde is no stranger to McLaren Vale. So, when the opportunity to take some fruit off a great site in Kangarilla, Adelina jumped at the opportunity. It doesn't hurt that vineyard in question is impeccably managed by growers par excellence, Yangarra's Michael Lane and Pete Fraser, and is certified organic.
Still operating in Adelina's medium bodied spectrum, the team's first McLaren Vale release is more forward, chewy, and dark fruited when compared to the savoury, spiced spectrum we often see from the Clare Valley reds.
"Yangarra Block 8, Kangarilla. Long maceration, a bit of whole bunch, 700 litre barrels, mainly old oak, with 25% new. Col McBryde one of the best winemakers in Australia, I reckon.
Spicy, exotic, blueberry and boysenberry pie, nutty and floral. It’s medium to full-bodied, a great set of deep gravelly tannin and a distinct ‘liquid mineral’ feel to it, if that makes any sense, with cool acidity, and a ferrous and gently saline finish of excellent length, again those tannins really impressive, finishing off the wine beautifully. And what value!"
95 Points - Gary Walsh - The Wine Front