Adelina Mclaren Vale Shiraz
Having worked with growers in the region for almost 20 years under the Some Young Punks label, Col McBryde is no stranger to McLaren Vale. So, when the opportunity arose to take some fruit off a great site in Kangarilla, Adelina jumped at it. It doesn’t hurt that vineyard in question is certified organic and impeccably managed by Yangarra’s growers par excellence, Michael Lane and Pete Fraser. The inaugural release was fermented in concrete with one parcel macerated for 24 days (before being pressed and rested in concrete), and the other spending 54 days on skins (before it was pressed and rested in 700-litre French oak for nine months). It’s another feather in Adelina’s already well-adorned cap.
"“I think the wines Pete makes are exceptional,” notes Col, explaining, “sources of organic fruit in Clare are a little thin on the ground these days. We wanted something that we could make in an Adelina style, that would be completely different to the fruit spectrum we get from our Clare reds.” Still operating in Adelina’s medium-bodied spectrum, the team’s first McLaren Vale release is more forward, chewy, and dark-fruited when compared to the savoury/spice spectrum we often see from the Clare Valley reds."