Tim Adams The Aberfeldy Clare Valley, Shiraz 2002

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117.70 SGD
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Vintage 2002
Category Red Wine
Region Australia
Varietal Shiraz
Volume 750ml
 
Tim Adams' involvement with wine began in 1975 when he took a job as a cellar rat with the Stanley Wine Company. Like many cellar rats, however, Adams had clear aims and aspirations - the job was just a stepping stone to bigger things. Within a year he progressed to laboratory assistant, and by 1981 he graduated with a BSc in Wine Science from the Charles Stuart University in Wagga Wagga, following five years of correspondence study. The following year, just seven years after joining the firm, he was appointed winemaker.
In 1984 he made moves to form what would eventually become Tim Adams Wines. Initially he set up Adams & Wray, with local cooper Bill Wray. Their aims were twofold; to provide barrels to local winemakers, as well as to release wine under their own label. Three years later the pair went their separate ways, and Adams purchased his own winery site in the Clare Valley, and 1988 was his first vintage there. Over time the operation has expanded considerably, from the initial harvest of 10 tonnes, to the current typical harvest of 500 tonnes, of which about half is bottled under the Tim Adams label. The fruit is largely sourced from local growers on long-term contracts, with whom Adams is heavily involved in order to maintain quality.
The wine has intense magenta colour with aromatics of blackberry, plum and coffee chocolate complemented by the oak derived characters of clove, cinnamon and vanilla.
The palate is full bodied with dark berry conserve flavours and balanced oak, tannin and acidity. Any aggressive tannins have been removed with egg white fining prior to bottling. The wine has persistent sweet fruit and oak aftertaste, with power and great finesse, and will reward patient cellaring.

Jeremy Oliver – 97 Points
Musky, spicy and deeply aromatic this exotically perfumed and floral shiraz is seemed with violets and sweet small berries, over nuances of peppermint and vanilla. It's long, supple and ethereal, with a tightly focused core of fruit seamlessly integrated with sweet, tight-knit oak and velvet-like tannins. It finishes with lingering nuances of licorice, mint and dried herbs, plus a suggestion of eucalypt. Should flesh out nicely always remaining fine and elegant.

Australian Wine Companion – 92 Points
An exotically ripe mix of blackberry, licorice, raspberry and mulberry, plus vanilla smoothie oak.
 

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