Region: Clare Valley
Bottle size: 750 mL
Clare Valley Shiraz selected from our own premium vineyard sites has produced a wine with strong regional and varietal definition. This sophisticated yet elegant wine has a vibrant crimson hue with aromas and flavours of blackberry, mulberry and fresh cherries. Further complexity is built through 24 months of American oak maturation. The front and midpalate is full and soft, with flavours of small berry fruit and spice complemented by gently-toasted oak. The wine has great length, finishing with balanced oak and silky, structural tannin.
This graceful Clare Shiraz has power and finesse which makes it both approachable now and worthy of keeping for up to 10 years. We make our wines naturally and therefore this wine may form a harmless crystalline deposit, so we recommend decanting prior to serving.
All components of this blend were separately fermented on skins to dryness before pressing, with only selected softer pressings returned to the wine. The wine spent 24 months in a combination of two and three year old American oak barrels selected by the winemaking team from a range of coopers. A further 9 months in stainless tanks allowed for softening of oak tannin before blending, fining, filtering and bottling.
Harvest 2019 will go down in the record books as one of the most challenging on record. The skill of the viticulture and winemaking teams was really put to the test and thankfully led to another high-quality vintage.
Extremely low rainfall throughout winter and spring led to minimal subsoil moisture and virtually no run-off in dams for the beginning of the growing season. Following an already dry 2018 vintage period, underground water resources also didn’t have the ability to ‘re-charge’, meaning all three of our water resources were stretched to the limit. Canopies however remained healthy and strong, assisted with irrigation where possible heading into the warm summer months.
Due to the dry season, the reds have a great depth of colour, firm tannins, forward fruit flavour and excellent cellaring potential.
Shiraz makes an excellent accompaniment to grilled steak and other red meat dishes
This cracking red has been sourced from the estate’s own vineyards, with all components fermented individually to dryness. The softer pressings are returned and the wine spends two years in a mix of two and three-year-old American oak, before it is transferred to stainless steel tanks for 9 months. Then blended, fined, filtered and bottled.
Deep red in colour, the nose is most appealing with lifted notes of florals, red fruits, bay leaves, chocolate, coffee grinds, dry herbs and cherries. There is good integration and balance plus excellent length right through to the slightly furry tannins on a soft, pliable palate. For me, 93, but expect that to climb over time. Brilliant value.
The Real Review
Deep red/purple colour, with a fresh bouquet featuring peppermint, bright and intense, berries and coconut too, while the palate is likewise intense and balanced, medium to full-bodied, with some appropriate tannin firmness at the conclusion. It’s well-structured for ageing but also very approachable already. Good value.
The Real Review
It always delivers a generous serve of sweet fruit-and-oak and it does again here. Ripe plum, mint, vanilla and toast flavours sweep into peppercorn and dark chocolate. It’s on the money. It’s a good release.
The Newcastle Herald
GREAT-VALUE CLARE RED
WITH 14.8% alcohol, deep purple hues and fruitcake aromas, this great-value Tim Adams 2018 Clare Valley Shiraz has plush, ripe plum front-palate flavour. The middle palate displays mulberry, briar, spice and mocha oak characters and the finish chalky tannins. Get it at timadamswines.com.au, bottle shops and the two Clare cellar doors.
This warm dry season has birthed a voluptuous Clare Valley Shiraz brimming with juicy dark fruits, spice and a lovely subtle lick of dark chocolate oak. Fine-grained tannins complete an alluring, lingering and bargain priced Shiraz that will turn heads and hearts.