The Adelina Shiraz/Mataro blend is from the Clare Valley, Australia and is brought to you by some of the same winemakers of Some Young Punks. If you're familiar with those guys and their crazy wine labels, than the rather beautiful and busy wine labels of Adelina will be no surprise. I love that the label features butterflies and flora, all feeding into the image of a Venice Carnival masked woman. The wines have gained a reputation as cult hits in their native Australia.
More importantly,what does the wine taste like? 65% of the grapes come from vines that are over 100 years old and it is evident in the intensity and depth of flavour to be found in the wine. The blend is 56% shiraz and 44% mataro, as my supplier says,
"... it displays sweet, ripe fruit with a savoury, mineral tone. There are notes of dark plum and prune fruit with chocolate, earth and light spice. The palate is rich yet fresh with a very mineral acid backbone supporting the wine. Fine grain drying tannins with balancing, bright acidity..."
This is a wine is very drinkable and surprisingly for a shiraz, not dense and heavy but lighter and fresher than usual. The Adelina Shiraz is currently available in the Wine Vault for £25.