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.
95 Points Jamessuckling.com - An expressive and modern young blend, delivering aromas of spicy red and dark plums, blueberries and dark cherries. Gently meaty notes and attractive oak influence, too. The palate has a ripe and sweet core of fleshy fruit flavors, as well as a smooth, stony tannin texture. Terrific focus, which is the Adelina hallmark." - Nick Stock (jamessuckling.com)
94 Points The Wine Front -Sweet red cherry, rose petal scents, raspberry, dried cranberry. The gist, red fruits, lots of them. There’s spice, salty liquorice and brambly-herbal things too. Medium weight in the palate, hemmed with powdery, shapely, pumice-stone-like tannins – architecture is great, the feel great, the drinking experience ultra-satsifying. The pool of fine amaro-Campari like coolness-herbiness-sour red fruits to close, the clincher. Yum. Such a lovely, sophisticated wine for the bucks." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)