The Shiraz vines at Adelina were probably planted circa 1910, no one knows exactly, and the vineyard is sandwiched between two of the ClareÕs greatest sites, Wendouree (which lies just 150 metres from Adelina) and the Aberfeldy vineyard. So this is an undeniable sweet-spot terroir for Shiraz. The gnarled old vines here are now managed organically and grow in shallow red loam soil that sits over a base of limestone and slate. This soil (and the low yields of these ancient vines) bring both power and mineral freshness.
"Wow, this is a rich, complex and super focused edition with a spice-laced, dark-plum and blackberry nose, together with cassis, blueberries, anise, violets, forest wood, hints of tar and some savory, wet slate-like aromas. The palate has essence-like purity and focus with long, polished tannins carrying blackberries, plums, blueberries, nuances of cocoa and a very long, elegant and unwavering run to the finish. A great wine, this should be on every contemporary Australian wine collector's hit list. Drink over the next twenty years. Screw cap." 98 points - NICK STOCK