We have been looking for an Australian producer to add to our portfolio for a while now and our patience has paid off. The minimal intervention wines from Clare Valley producer Adelina are show-stoppers. The unique conditions in Clare Valley make it a formidable grape-growing region; the diurnal temperatures and ‘terra rossa’ soils have helped this region in Southern Australia to gain an international reputation.
Adelina, established in late 2002, is a small vineyard and winery found in the Springfarm sub-region of Clare annd their vines are set amongst one of the most historically relevant vineyards in Australia. Colin and Jennie, the partnership behind the wines, boast a mix of well-established 85+ year old Shiraz, Grenache, a smattering of Pedro Ximenes, along with young Shiraz and Mataro. Colin and Jennie cultivate their vines with organic and biodynamic principles: “It's all pretty simple really, winemaking artifact is minimal, we aspire to show an expression of the vineyard so try not to muscle in too much with heavy handed-ness in the winery”. In the winery, the team draw on French techniques with natural ferments, foudres and longer maceration periods. The soils at Adelina are quite varied. The Grenache is set on a grey sandy loam, on a clay base, this profile extends into a red sand, with lime and a small amount of sandstone where the established Shiraz is grown.