The Adelina Nebbiolo 2015, Adelaide Hills, Australia
A great example of a New World Nebbiolo, from a top producer whose Nebbiolos are typically highly rated by the critics. Only 966 bottles of this vintage were produced, so this wine has limited availability. Enjoy with rich beef and venison dishes. Drinking now but will continue to mature in bottle for many years to come.
A lovely New World interpretation of this Italian classic, beautifully presented with a stunning label.
Col McBryde and Jennie Gardner formed the Adelina winery as a small operation in 2002. Since then it has grown, developed and become one of the Clare Valley's most vibrant brands. Coming from 20 year old vines on the Bowe-Lees vineyard, the site has an elevation of around 390m. The fruit is hand picked, destemmed and fermented with selected yeasts. The wine has spent 71 days on skins. Then stored in large format french oak for malo (indigenous bacteria) and maturation (12 months). 966 bottles produced.
This Nebbiolo displays Nebbiolo’s classic qualities on the nose with real refinement. There are mineral notes with prune fruit, orange peel and a light spiciness. The palate is taught and focussed with underlying sweet fruit and complex earth and spicy tones. Fresh mineral acidity with very fine tannins and persistent length. Medium body.
What the critics say:
Beautiful perfume, draws you into the glass, one to sniff on long and with pleasure. Rose hip tea, raspberry, pot pourri, sandalwood. More roses than tar. It’s a succulent wine, mouthwatering in acidity, floods the palate with sweet-ripe berry fruit flavours, exits with a lingering build of bergamot tea-like tannin. Just over medium weight. Luxurious nebbiolo. Delicious.” Mike Bennie (The Wine Front) 93 points.