Adelina's Shiraz/Mataro (56:44) is 100% sourced from the Springfarm area; the Shiraz is Adelina Estate fruit blended with some grapes from the Aberfeldy vineyard (now run by Jim McDowell and Anne Brown), while the Mataro is drawn from the mature Ashton vineyard "just up the road". Predominantly from vines planted between 1890 and 1930, typically red sandy sites on clay base, slate and limestone predominate as well. Elevation varies between 400-460 meters. All up, an imposing 65 per cent of this wine comes off vines with an age of around 100 years. Production wise it's Adelina's usual routine; all fruit is handpicked and destemmed mostly into open fermenters, with a small portion fermented in Col's new Italian, unlined concrete vats. Both fermentations are with wild yeasts and the wine is matured in French oak barriques (a modest 10-15% per cent new) for 14 months.
93 points “Toasted hazelnuts, coffee beans, spice, blackberry, a little mint and clean earthiness. Medium to full bodied, nutty and tannic, lovely feel to it, not fruity, definitely moving into the umami spectrum, clean acidity, good finish, with a roll of tannin that’s finely packed and inky. May carry a little alcohol warmth, but tasted over two days, it was more settled as it took the air. A wine of grand scale and distinctive character.” Gary Walsh (The Wine Front) 93 points