2005 Adamo - Barossa Shiraz
A multitude of aromas, including plums, luscious cherries, tobacco, licorice, spice and crËme anglaise. The palate is elegant, but rich with spicy, fleshy plums, dark chocolate notes and balanced acid, tannins and fleshy creamy mocha notes.
All fruit is sourced from vineyards ranging from 5 to 60 years old in the western ranges of the Barossa Valley. The blocks averaged yileds of 2 tonnes per acre and all had soils profiles of deep red clay loam. With mild summer conditions, the vines grew relatively stress free and required minimal irrigation. Flavour in Shiraz reached its full potential later in the season, coinciding with slightly elevated sugar levels, with the resultant wines being rich and powerful.
Vinification & Maturation
Average fermentation time lasted 7 days and was allowed to reach 28oC, with the total time on skins averaging 12 days before pressing to tank. The blended free run and pressings were then rough racked 24 hours later to oak, which consisted of 20% new French barriques and the balance 2-4 year old French barriques and hogs heads. Like all Smidge reds, malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel and over the 12 months of maturation the wine was cleanly racked twice and then went to bottle without filtration.
Harvested - March/April 2005
Bottled - March 2006
Alcohol - 15.1%
Adamo - Barossa Shiraz
The Tardy - Langhorne Creek Zinfandel
The Cellar-pod - Adelaide Hills Viognier
The Donald - Barossa Zinfandel
Le Grenouille - Adelaide Hills Merlot
2003 - 2004
On the 2005 Adamo...
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2009, August 2008, 93 Points
Adamo Barossa Valley Shiraz 2005. Aromatic notes of mint, spice and herbs, but the palate has more richness and density than expected, with ripe plum and blackberry essence; controlled extract. Screwcap 15.1o alc Rating 93 to 2020. $26.
Wine Advocate # 167 Oct 2006 (Robert Parker) - 90 Points
The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Shiraz Adamo exhibits a touch of VA on the nose, but once past that, it offers plenty of white chocolate, blackberry, and cassis characteristics along with a hint of French oak. It should drink well for 5-8 years. - Drink: 2006-2014