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: Adelina


Adelina/Some Young Punks

Wendouree Rd East, Clare, 5453

Cellar Door: Not

(08) 8842 1549

Adelina and Some Young Punks are the projects of “young punk” winemakers Colin McBryde and Jennie Gardner. Both have worked in various New and Old world regions and have completed their doctorate studies into yeast metabolism at University of Adelaide’s oenology school.

The Some Young Punks project is meant to combine fun with good value drinking. It features striking pop art labels with labels such as “Monsters Attack Riesling”, ‘Passion Has Red Lips Cabernet Shiraz”, “Lust Collides Mataro”, “Squid’s Fist Sangiovese Cabernet” and “Fierce Allure Cabernet Sauvignon”. The grapes are sourced from various South Australian regions.

I’m more interested in the Adelina project established in 2000. It is based on the small winery and vineyard at Gardner family owned Spring Farm Estate. The vineyard was established in 1908 and is located just to the south of the town of Clare between the iconic Aberfeldy and Wendouree vineyards. It is dedicated to Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon with small plantings of Pinot Noir and Pedro Ximenes. They used to supply Tim Adams.

Not surprisingly the Shiraz has strong similarities with the neighbouring Wendouree style, while the Grenache is seriously good with rich texture and firm tannins.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Latest Reviews

Adelina Polish Hill Riesling 2016

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2018 or 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016,whole bunch pressed, perfumed white peach, tangerine and lime with white florals and a touch of fennel and cinnamon, linear, talcy and taut with firm citric acidity and savoury phenolics (****1/2)    

Adeline Watervale Riesling 2016

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2018 or 2023+

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, a touch plumper than the Polish Hill, bright lime, passionfruit and orange rind with citrus blossom notes and a dusting of brown spices, talcy with crunchy grapefruit acidity on the slaty finish (****)

Adelina Shiraz Mataro 2015

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, a blend of Shiraz from 100 year old vines and 80 year old Mataro, glossy and concentrated black cherry and blackberry with iodine and white pepper notes, earthy warmth on the medium palate as well as smoked meat and roast nut nuances (****)

Adelina Shiraz Mataro 2014

Purchased:  Not ($26)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2016, aromatic and vibrant black cherry and plum with iodine,cola and rose petal notes, earthy and medium bodied and underpinned with juicy acidity, smoky French oak support (****1/2)

Adelina Polish Hill Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink:  2017 or 2023+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015,  this is the debut  sub-regional release, unlike the Watervale release this is bone-dry,whole bunch=pressed,  floral white peach, apple and lime with white flower florals and a light dusting of spice, crunchy lemon rind acidity and wet pebble finish, some savoury phenolics but not at all coarse (****)

Adelina Watervale Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink:  2017

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, this is in the plumper, more approachable now style expected from the sub-region with a touch of residual sugar, brightly lit limes, lemon and a touch of succulent tangerine with orange blossom notes and bait of lanolin, slightly phenolic with a wet slate finish (****)

Some Young Punks  Monsters Attack Clare Valley Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2014, partial barrel ferment in neutral oak, off-dry, open style showing lemon curd, honeydew melon and lime sorbet with a dusting of brown spices, the creamy lime pulp finish with dusty phenolics and a fresh spine of lemon rind acidity, plenty of wet slate on the back half as well (****)

Adelina Shiraz Mataro 2012

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, 85:15 blend with the 65% of the content from 100+ old vines, aromatic, fresh and medium bodied red cherry and blackberries with white pepper, iodine, cola and rose petal notes, minerally with the toasty French oak fairly evident at this stage (although only 12% new), long with juicy citrusy acidity and fine tannins (****)

Adelina Grenache 2010

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, from 1940 vines, unfined, aromatic but as intense or spirity as the 2008, glossy medium-full bodied redcurrants, cherries and plum with lavender, liquorice and peppery notes, nice depth and warm baked earth minerality, fresh juicy acidity and persistent dusty tannins (****)

Adelina Shiraz 2011

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, from 100+ year old vines, picked just before the March rain deluge, more elegant cool vintage style but has medium bodied concentration, tightly wound black cherries, redcurrant and cola with white pepper, musk, clove and anise notes, charry cedar oak with finer tannins than usual, marked down for too much pine needle/gum leaf aspects showing (***1/2)

Adelina Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, from very low yielding 1908 and 1920 vines, perfumed, firm, briary and tightly wound blackberry, redcurrant and tar with a fruit flavour profile similar to the neighbouring Wendouree Vineyard, white pepper, musk, clove and anise with underlying iodide minerality, smoky cedar oak with persistent chewy tannins, will build complexity with decanting (****1/2)

Adelina Grenache 2008

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, St. Kilda ($38)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, only 48 cases made from 1940s vines, unfined, heady and very aromatic, full bodied, complex and briary redcurrant and plum with lavender, liquorice and Asian spice complexity, underpinned with baked earth, iodide minerality and lingering firm chewy tannins, a seriously good Grenache, my only quibble is the 15.2% alcohol (****1/2)

Some Young Punks Monsters Attack Clare Valley Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, from 11-32 year old vines from two sites at Watervale, whole bunch pressed and wild ferment in neutral oak, off-dry with 28 g/l residual sugar, broad entry showing granny smith apple, honeydew melon and lime with some warm brown spices, the back end tightens up considerably with dusty phenolics and a nice cut of balancing lemon rind acidity (****)