Adelina Polish Hill River Riesling 2021 (Clare Valley, South Australia) "...peaches, kiwifruit, lemon..."
Adelina’s Polish Hill River Riesling is drawn from Lyn and Robert Jaeschke's Hill River Estate, planted in 2000 at 460 metres above sea level on grey-brown loam over shale and sandy limestone.
Col’s preference is always to pick the fruit relatively early to retain acidity but also avoid TDN, the compound responsible for giving the kerosene character sometimes found in Rieslings where the grapes have been exposed to excess sun. The fruit was destemmed and crushed before pressing, then the free-run juice was settled, racked and fermented to dryness.
At 10.2% alcohol—and with rapier-like 9.9 g/L acidity—this is the more tensile and austere of Adelina’s two 2021 Clare Rieslings. Subtle kaffir lime, jasmine and saline notes build as this sits in the glass and there is palpable intensity to the fruit on the long, dazzling finish. The 2021 is a classic in the making and, while it can be enjoyed now with sashimi or grilled whiting, there is a feeling it will evolve and become more complex over the next ten, if not twenty, years. Do we need to mention the value on offer?
"Full of swagger, this release from Adelina is full-throated and unapologetic. Quite the nose buffet; peaches, lemons, kiwi fruit and vanilla offset with an elegant minerality. But the kicker is in the mouth. Like a Toorak tycoon on Christmas afternoon this wine is rich and full, revealing an "un-Australian" but delightful smack of residual sugar alongside a bracing zippiness. Passionfruit, yellow citrus, more stone fruits and a touch of herbaceousness all present but this beauty is all about the 'feels'. Want food with it? Hit up your local Szechuan restaurant." - Erez Gordon, Carboot Wines