Adelina Grenache, Clare Valley, Australia 2012

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Adelina Grenache, Clare Valley, Australia 2012

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Yes, we know beauty is only skin deep. Yes, we know it's what's inside that counts. Bla bla bla. But come on! Look at this bottle and tell us that you aren't already slightly infatuated.

Only 2,136 bottles were produced of this hedonistic Clare Valley Grenache, which scored a whopping 19 out of 20 in Decanter. The colour isn't all that deep, more of a medium to medium-pale, but there's a menagerie of wild flavours waiting to escape. Squishy strawberries, cocoa-dusted fruit cake, stewed plums, shoe polish and a hint of something mineral like cordite or the smell of cold sparklers. It's a sensual wine, ripe and generous, with buxom fruit and an inner glow that radiates warmth and voluptuousness. It's all fur coat, but nice knickers too. 14.5% alc. Drink now-2025


Decanter Magazine's 'Top Australian 2012 Reds': "Sourced form a 0.8ha block planted more than 70 years ago, the lower yields in 2012 mean this beauty is in short supply. The mellow, haunting aromas of red plum and raspberry are entwined with more lifted elements of dried wild flowers and sandalwood. The palate has a lithe, juicy and very composed shape – flavours follow in the tangy berry spectrum. This is powerful yet contained and it will age superbly." 19/20 pts (96/100 pts)

Sarah Ahmed (writing for Decanter): "It is an aromatic, very intense, mineral Grenache with beguiling sweet red fruits (plum and raspberry) and soaring violets and sandalwood.  Slinky tannins and mineral sluiced (beautifully integrated) dancing acidity carry a long very lithe finish.  14.8% abv is worn lightly.  Captivating." 19/20 pts (96/100 pts)

Customer comments:

"We were stunned. I have never been very keen on Australian wines, but clearly I've just not been exposed to the good ones before now.  We will be ordering more." Mrs D.H., 4th March 2015

 

Winemaking: Hand-picked, fruit is detemmed and mildly crushed, fermentation and maceration occurs over approx 15 days and the wine is pressed to barrel for malo and maturation (15 months).

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