Vintage 2020

2020 was a challenging growing season with yields below average for the second year in a row, however the quality looks exceptional and the Clare Valley was fortunate enough to escape any major weather events such as bushfires or frost for which we are very grateful.

Clare’s mean average rainfall is 540mm and in the 2019 calendar year, we only recorded 351mm. This was the second driest year behind 2006 in the past 25 years, and on the back of the 2018 calendar year which saw only 430mm of rain. Groundwater resources were therefore already stressed, with very little availability. We started watering in late August, pre bud burst, knowing the vines needed a good early boost to build some strong canopies in preparation for the forecasted dry conditions.

The region experienced a windy period throughout flowering and again during fruit set, that together with a couple of dry years, contributed to the decrease in yields.

It is important to note that although the beginning of the growing season was quite hot, and remained very dry throughout summer, the months of January, February and March 2020 were cooler than the long-term average, leading to higher than normal natural acidity retention in the fruit at harvest. The winemakers commented that; “the 2020 wines generally have a robust natural acid backbone which will see them age well in coming years. The Rieslings in particular have this ‘uniquely Clare’ acidity, showing beautiful juicy, mouth-watering varietal flavour and our trademark Pinot Gris has extremely concentrated, yet vibrant flavours due to the dry conditions”.

Tim said, “besides the lack of water, it was one of the best starts to a harvest that I have seen in a long time, but disappointingly we don’t have as many grapes as we would like”. He continued by saying, “we are really pleased with preliminary looks at our reds, that are showing great depth of colour, firm tannins and forward fruit flavour. At this early stage we believe the reds will have excellent cellaring potential due to the cooler finish to the growing season that has created excellent pH and acid balance in the wines”.

In summary, although the season was very dry and yields were down 10% compared to last year, the vintage was trouble free and the quality looks excellent.

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Change and Charity

We have refreshed our label design to evolve with the times whilst continuing to reflect the Tim Adams Wines core values of quality, authenticity, regionality, reliability and family. In addition, we are thrilled to acknowledge and promote Variety, the Children’s Charity, on the back label. Part proceeds of all Tim Adams wines go to Variety, who support children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.

 

The Real Reveiw Certificate of Excellence 2019

Tim Adams Wines was awarded a Certificate of Excellence and became one of the Top Wineries of Australia for the second year in a row. The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to a select group of wineries that consistently produce excellent wine. This award is based on wine reviews by the acclaimed Real Review panel of Huon Hooke, Bob Campbell MW and Toni Paterson.

 

5 Stars Again 2020 Halliday Wine Companion

Tim Adams Wines has been awarded 5 Stars in the recently released 2020 edition of the James Halliday Wine Companion. James also said, “Tim Adams says the Aberfeldy 2015 is described by some as the Clare Valley’s Grange and I don’t quarrel with that”.

Clare Valley winemakers receive Variety life membership

Variety life memberships have been awarded to Tim Adams and Pam Goldsack, founders of Clare Valley-based Tim Adams Wines, for their outstanding contribution to the children’s charity.

Tim Adams Wines has been a dedicated sponsor of Variety since 2001, raising much needed money through its event participation, event sponsorship and general involvement.

“There is no single moment of participation with any aspect of my involvement which hasn’t been both fulfilling and pleasurable at the same time,” Tim Adams said.

“Pam and I are deeply humbled and overjoyed.”

The husband and wife team have joined an exclusive list of only 13 other people who have received the prestigious award over the organisation’s 33-year history.

“To be included in the group of SA Life members of Variety – the Children’s Charity, is to be included in a group of outstanding individuals,” Mr Adams said.

The couple's involvement with the charity has not just been through fundraising, they have worked with the board to create events and increase their reach.

Mr Adams was voted on to the Variety SA Board in 2006, serving for four terms and introducing an innovative wine auction and luncheon called the Vintage Auction – which still runs to date.

Mr Adams has chaired this event ever since, and continues to support the SA Variety Bash as a Platinum Event Sponsor, and other Variety events.

“This is a privilege which we will cherish forever,” Mr Adams said.

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