Adelina Nebbiolo 2018

For a number of years Adelina have been working with an exciting parcel of Nebbiolo fruit from the Bowe Lees vineyard at Woodside (the inaugural 2011 release was drawn from the agreeably named Talc Hill Vineyard, located at Gumeracha). The Bowe Lees-Loveys vineyard lies 390 metres above sea level and was planted between 1998 and 2002. Col McBryde fills in the winemaking specs thus: fruit was ha...


92 Points The Wine Front 


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Brand Name
Adelina
Country
AUSTRALIA
Style
Red Wine
Region
Adelaide Hills, SA
Varietal
Nebbiolo
Size
750 mL Bottle

Product Description

For a number of years Adelina have been working with an exciting parcel of Nebbiolo fruit from the Bowe Lees vineyard at Woodside (the inaugural 2011 release was drawn from the agreeably named Talc Hill Vineyard, located at Gumeracha). The Bowe Lees-Loveys vineyard lies 390 metres above sea level and was planted between 1998 and 2002. Col McBryde fills in the winemaking specs thus: fruit was handpicked and destemmed; maceration times varied, from 40-odd days up to [a Lunga Macerazione] 82 days on skins. Post pressing, the wine was racked to large format French oak for 14 months for (indigenous) malo and maturation. The earlier bottling is designed to catch as much primary charm as possible, and boy does it work; in the pantheon of Australian Nebbiolo, Adelina now sits somewhere near the top.

"From the notable vineyard in Adelaide Hills, Bowe Lees and Loveys. Extended skin contact (across two different maceration lengths) is part of the motif, as is maturation in large format oak. If the 2015 release was 'generous', in my words, this is almost at the polar opposite, in a good way. Skeletal, transparent nebbiolo of savouriness, muted nature and yet good drinkability. The perfume is reduced in volume, showing dried rose petal, dried cranberry, puffs of clove, a waft of miscellaneous pot pourri. It's set to dry and chalky texture, imbued with that sense of concentration of dried cranberries, but with that gentle, sweet, dried fruit richness too, and, importantly, the peaky, perky acidity that comes with that fruit. It sits tight and squeaky in the palate, mouthwatering at its conclusion. It's a wine to spend some time with, appreciate for its structure and quiet power." 92 points, Mike Bennie, winefront.com.au

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