2021 Adelina Estate Grenache - Clare Valley
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Certified organic. Very limited. Adelina’s captivating Grenache comes from a two-acre parcel of Adelina Estate vines, planted in 1942 on deep, grey sandy loam over a clay base. It’s a plot known as the Springfarm Valley Estate, or sometimes simply Block Two, and it’s just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Wendouree vineyard. Col McBryde knows his wines and as an unabashed fan of the legendary Château Rayas, his aim here has always been to produce a Grenache of great finesse and perfume from these old vines.
Going for that red fruited style of grenache rather than the brooding darker fruit style of the Barossa. Coming from an organic vineyard in the Clare Valley, this is all red fruit and it works perfectly. Fine grained tannins, delicate red fruit flavours backed by savoury spice. Well made, easy to drink. The perfect package really.
“342 six packs produced of this beauty, which is kind of like Barbaresco, by way of Clare, with Grenache as its muse, though don’t mind me. So fine and brightly lit, with crisp dry acidity and fine brick dust tannin. Spiced strawberry, raspberry and red cherry, a little fennel, almond, something of an Earl Grey tea perfume, in with some other floral things, like dried roses maybe. Medium-bodied at most, a subtle pomegranate tang, wonderful sense of energy and precision, with a very long finish, stony tannin trailing. Beautiful.”
95+ points - Gary Walsh - The Wine Front