"Strawberry conserve, curry leaf and assorted dusty spices, a little aniseed and dried flower" Wine Front (93 points)
Is Adelina the best value winery in Australia? Run by Col McBryde and Jennie Gardner who both hold PhD's in Microbiology and making some killer wines based out of South Australia's Clare Valley since 2002. Adelina organically farm their vineyard in the north of Clare Valley
(set amongst the vines of the iconic Wendouree), where they produce delicious Riesling, Shiraz, Grenache and Italian varieties. However, it is no secret that some of Australia's best Nebbiolo is grown further south on foggy slopes of the Adelaide Hills. Adelina source fruit from two sites in the Woodside subregion, approximately 400m in elevation and with some healthy vine age.
The winemaking for their Neb is old school and traditional to say the least. The fruit is handpicked, crushed and fermented in an open top vat, before being left of its skins for 75 days. This is confident and skilful winemaking that leans to the old world approach of the Piedmontese. The wine is light in the glass with a brickish hue that is Nebbiolo's signature. The long time on skins has produced a super aromatic wine driven by red fruits and savoury flavours. Think ripe cherry, kirsch, sour plum, cranberry and red berries. Dry herbs, amaro, a lick of mint, leather, pipe smoke are all there too. It's a compelling wine to stick your nose in. The palate is light bodied with all of those red fruit driving through, though with a slightly tart feel. It's backed with impressive tannin and acid structure and incredibly well balanced. The long maceration on skins and firm pressing to old oak shows great intuition and understanding of the variety and how to build savoury flavours and structure.
This will hold up to some strong meats though also a delicious spring red that will work with mild cheeses and charcuterie. It is rustic, delicious and as good as most Langhe Nebbiolo's at a more modest price.
Only 150 dozen produced and since the vineyard was burnt in the 2020 fires. this is one of the last vintages produced. If you're interested in Riesling, Grenache or Shiraz from Adelina just drop us a line and we will source for you.
Tom and Dan