The Adelina vineyards are situated in Spring Farm Valley, just south of the township of Clare. Their neighbours include the vineyards of Wendouree, Aberfeldy and Sevenhill Cellars. The small Adelina plantings were originally established around 1910; mostly Shiraz and Grenache with small plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.
The vineyard is right next door to Birk’s Wendouree so we know the terroir is good! The Gardner family has owned the Spring Farm Estate, which is the site of both the Adelina winery and vineyards, since 1986. Prior to the inception of Adelina Wines in 2000, the property was managed by Will and Elaine Gardner, and the fruit was sold to Tim Adams.
In 2002, Col McBryde and Jen Gardner, Will and Elaine’s daughter, took over responsibility for the vineyards and launched Adelina wines which are made exclusively from the Estate vineyards. The pair has been involved in winemaking and research since the mid-90s.
Today Adelina is one of the Clare Valley's most exciting wine producers, delivering a modern take on some of the region's hero varietals, including Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and some stunning Rieslings.
As always, the Watervale hails from the Gully View vineyard, which is on red loamy clay over limestone. This is the vineyard that historically supplied Leo Buring, once the maker of Australia's greatest Rieslings. As for the Polish Hill River Riesling, the fruit was de-stemmed and crushed before pressing, the free-run juice then settled, racked and fermented, but here Col halted the ferment with around 5 g/L residual sugar to balance the muscular acidity that this terroir delivers. It's a pithy, chalky and racy white, with lemon and grapefruit juice notes and juicy, slightly salty close. The residual is perfectly pitched.
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