Owner and winemaker, Tim Adams, began his career in the wine industry as a cellarhand at the Stanley Wine Company in 1975, steadily working his way through the ranks to become winemaker in 1981 following graduation. The first inclination to leave came in 1985, when Tim and his wife were approached by local cooper Bill Wray to form a partnership of the two families to make wine and small oak casks.
The first wines under the Adams & Wray label were released in September 1986, by which time Tim had left the Stanley Wine Company. In May 1987 the Adams & Wray partnership was dissolved, and Tim and his wife Pam took full control of the renamed Tim Adams Wines. In late 1987 they purchased the existing winery site and opened the cellar door in January 1988.
Flavour profiles, colour and tannin in the 2015 reds are particularly strong following an ideal ‘text-book’ vintage in Clare. Sections of the best Shiraz blocks of the vintage were hand-selected by our team and allowed to ripen to perfect maturity. Components of the final blend were fermented to dryness on skins and subsequently left on skins for 14 days before being pressed, with all pressings returned to the wine for added structure and to improve ageing potential. The wine spent 24 months in a mixture of carefully chosen new American and French oak hogsheads and a further 12 months in stainless steel before blending, fining and bottling. Further bottle age is allowed prior to release.
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