Adelina is an extremely small boutique winery located near the town of Clare in South Australia. The winery is owned and run by the dynamic duo of Col McBryde and Jen Gardner who craft an amazing line-up of wines from their historic vineyard as well as with fruit purchased from small growers in the Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills. These aren’t your average winemakers – Col sports a set of full tattoo sleeves, has multiple PhD’s and was named the Young Gun Winemaker of the Year. Jen has a PhD specializing in wine yeast metabolism and they source fruit from her family’s tiny 2-acre vineyard that was originally planted in 1910.
The duo have two lines of wine – the Adelina wines are their higher end bottlings focused on wines made from their estate vineyard along with other top vineyards in the area. The Some Young Punks wines are all about fun, fresh and unpretentious wines. I had the pleasure of hanging out with them on a trip to Australia in 2014, and was struck by the complete lack of pretention the duo showed despite their accomplishments, and also with the purity and freshness of the wines. We were very excited to finally get our hands on some of their wines! The amazing labels don’t hurt either. Below is what we currently have available, get ‘em while they last.
Some young Punks Monsters, Monsters Attack Riesling - $27.95
A slight touch of sweetness helps to balance out the vibrant acidity in this stellar Clare Riesling. Notes of petrol, granny smith apple, spiced pear and slate ring through this crushable number. Try it with a Thai green curry, freshly shucked oysters or a juicy pork chop.
Adelina Polish Hill River Riesling - $32.00
This dry, zippy Riesling comes famed Polish Hill sub-region of the Clare Valley, known for making some of Australia’s greatest Rieslings. The fruit comes from farmers Lyn and Robert Jaeschke’s estate, and the vines were planted in 2000 on loam and sandy limestone. This is a nervy, energetic Riesling with mouthwatering acidity and showing lifted notes of lime zest, lime leaf, chamomile and classic wet stone. For those with patience this is an amazing deal for a wine that will easily age for a decade. Definitely worth putting a couple of bottles in the cellar to follow as they age.
Some Young Punks Naked on Roller Skates Shiraz/Mataro - $25.95
This may take the prize as the best name/label in the group, and features a playful blend of Shiraz and Mataro. This is smooth and dangerously easy drinking, with notes of strawberry, dark chocolate, cassis and spring flowers. The kind of wine that makes you want to drop those burdensome clothes and run naked through a field (or roller skate down a hill).
Some Young Punks The Squid’s Fist Sangiovese/Shiraz - $27.95
Sangiovese is one of Italy’s most iconic red grapes, and it’s rare you see it planted in the land down under! In this case it works though, delivering a deliciously dark wine with notes of blueberry, blackberry, freshly cracked black pepper and lavender. A crowd pleaser that’s perfect for curling up on a cold YYC night.
Adelina Mataro - $45.95
This is 100% Mataro (known in France as Mourvedre) from a 2 acre block of 80 year old vines from the Ashton vineyard which is up the road from their home property. The wine spends 97 days on skins and 12 months in neutral barrels (only 3 barrels total were chosen for this wine!). This is a wonderfully pure example of this grape, with lots of bright red fruit, wild herbs, violets and liquorice. The total production of Adelina is only around 1,500 cases per year, and we were fortunate enough to get a small amount of this unique wine.
Adelina Estate Grenache - $45.95
This wine is sourced from the wineries 2-acre vineyard planted in 1910 on the family’s home vineyard, which is a stones throw from the famed Wendouree vineyard. This is made in a fresh style that could almost be mistaken for a fuller bodied Pinot Noir, and Col and Jen are influenced by the legendary wines of Chateau Rayas in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Definitely a worthy pick for fans of the new wave of brighter, fresher Australian wines!