Tim Adams Shiraz
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- Tim Adams is a Clare Valley institution and his wines are superb expressions of the region. The wines are lovingly crafted in an artisan manner showing Tim’s talent for sourcing the perfect fruit. Turn on the hotplate and sizzle some steaks for this full-bodied gem as it surges across the palate with a swathe of rich, berried fruit. The texture is driven by firm tannins, that carry fruit intensity and a long, spicy finish. This is the kind of red that you just want to sit and drink well after your plates have been cleared. 100
This blend of local vineyards has produced a wine with strong regional and varietal definition.
Appearance: The wine has a lively deep purple hue.
Nose: Aromas and flavours of violet, blackberry and mulberry. Further complexity is built through 22 months of American oak maturation.
Palate: The palate is full and soft in the front and middle, with flavours of small berry fruit complemented by the oak. The wine finishes with moderate oak and fruit-derived tannins.
Cellaring: This elegant Clare Shiraz has power and finesse which makes it both approachable now and worthy of keeping for up to 10 years.
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says:“
Best Drinking: To 202090
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says:“
Smooth and polished, with spicy, slightly meaty and gamey aromas of blackberries, dark plums, minerals and briar lifted by a whiff of black pepper. It?s fine grained and evenly paced, with an alluring, minty presence of black and red fruits, creamy cedar/chocolate oak and pliant tannin that finishes with elegance and balance.
Best Drinking: 2018-2022+The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says:“
Full crimson-purple; an unusually long seven-day pre-fermentation soak, and two years in American oak hogsheads have shaped this well-balanced medium- to full-bodied shiraz, varietal blackberry fruit in no way intimidated by the elevage in American oak.93
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says:“
Elegant, supple and possibly slightly over-ripened. Its earthy, meaty bouquet of blueberries and dark plums, mulberries and cassis, cedar/vanilla oak and white pepper is backed by spicy scents of licorice and animal hide. It's medium in weight, with a ripe, confiture-like presence of black and blue berries knit with sweet smoky coconut/ vanilla oak and pliant, loose-knit tannins. It finishes with a lingering core of spicy flavour.
Best Drinking: 2017-2021+The Australian Wine Annual 201391
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says:“
Pristine Clare shiraz whose spicy, peppery and faintly meaty fragrance of cassis, dark plums and dark chocolate reveals some smoky, animal hide-like complexity. It's long and supple, with a fresh, brightly lit presence of dark berry/plum, flavour artfully integrated with cedar/vanilla oak and supple, silky tannins.The Australian Wine Annual93
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says:“
A solid shiraz from the Clare that has plenty of ripe dark and red summer berry fruits on the nose: plenty of blackberry, loads of plum and some earthy, spicy hints. The palate's a solid ball of flavour, with a sleeve of ripe, dense tannins - quite elemental and bold.
Best Drinking: 2013The Good Wine Guide91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:“
The grapes come from no less than seven vineyards; the wine spent two years in 1- and 2-year-old American oak. Given the challenge of this heatwave vintage, an impressive result, with pleasing black cherry, plum and blackberry fruit driving the medium-bodied palate, then a cleansing savoury finish.
Best Drinking: To 202094
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says:“
Here’s a great value Shiraz that transcends most of the stresses of this challenging vintage helped, in no small part, by the addition of all of the fruit (and high quality new oak) that would have otherwise made Aberfeldy. Black cherry and plum skin fruit is textured and structured by very fine tannins.92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:“Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says:“
The Tim Adams label has become one of the ever-reliables of Australian wine. He grows good grapes in good soil, and pretty much delivers value and quality every time. Not too many producers you can say that of. Slippery, smooth, rich and delicious. Packed with plummy, vanillin, minty flavour and then controlled and dry through the finish. Not a hair out of place. Hints of complex earthiness in the background - flavours that should perform very well as the wine matures. Gorgeous red-wine drinking.The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 201093
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says:“
Ripe, forward and juicy, with a sweet, spicy and marginally baked aroma of redcurrants, raspberries and dark plums backed by fresh vanilla and cedary oak. Its confiture-like expression of red berries and plums has a firm, pliant backbone but a slight hollowness, while it finishes slightly attenuated, spicy and spirity with notes of mint and menthol.Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:“
Good hue and depth; a curious earthy component to both bouquet and palate gives the wine a certain austerity, but also complexity. Difficult to point.Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says:“
Tim Adams' excellent wines are widely available, but if you have trouble finding any of them, go to his website -you can purchase direct at snazzy prices. A baby doll of velvety, cuddly, rich plummy flavour, the feel of it on your tongue so soft you'd swear it should be illegal. It's much like the higher priced Aberfeldy with a teeny bit less power - if you search hard. Lots of creamy, perfumed, vanillin oak, but a delicious background of savoury earthiness, too. We love this.The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 200993
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:“
Slightly hazy colour; medium-bodied, with spicy/ earthy overtones to black fruits; an altogether savoury wine which comes as an antidote to rich, sweet monstersAustralian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says:“
There's a shade of currant-like flavour about this wine, but it is a finely crafted and effortlessly balanced shiraz of genuine regional character and identity. There's a hint of pepper and a spicy note of cinnamon beneath its vibrant aromas of redcurrants, raspberries and cassis, backed by lightly toasty vanilla oak. Long and lingering, firm and smooth, its palate of pristine blueberry and cassis-like flavour reveals undertones of meaty and slightly menthol/mint influences. Backed by polished oak, it finishes with lingering nuances of licorice and cloves.Australian Wine Annual 2009 200893
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:“
Medium-bodied, quite sweet blackberry and plum fruit; fine, silky tannins; controlled oak and alcohol.Australian Wine Companion 2007 200691
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says:“
A fine, balanced and elegant regional shiraz of delightful freshness and intensity. Its cracked pepper fragrance of raspberries, cassis, blackberries and plums knits tightly with cedar/vanilla oak and nuances of cloves and cinnamon, mint and menthol. Long and smooth, its brightly lit palate of black and red berries is framed by fine, silky tannins.Australian Wine Annual 2007 200691
Huon Hooke & Ralph Kyte-Powell (2004 Vintage) says:“
This has a very spicy and slightly meaty nose to start, then ripe-berry and redcurrant aromas enter the equation on further acquaintance. A thread of slightly raw oak doesn't intrude unduly, and the generous palate has good texture and real poise and balance. It should develop well in bottle and be a good match for a lamb casserole.Good Australian Wine Guide 2007 200692
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says:“
Rich and ripe; masses of dark fruits, plums and prunes; some spicy elements; soft tannins.Australian Wine Companion 2006 200591
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says:“
A richly flavoured and relatively early-maturing shiraz with a spicy aroma of sweet red and black berries, cloves and cinnamon over restrained oak, white pepper and teabag-like undertones. Smooth, soft and generous, its slightly confectionary expression of vibrant berry fruit is framed by smooth, soft tannin.Australian Wine Annual 2006 200590
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says:“
Elegant, smooth and polished Clare Valley shiraz whose peppery perfume of delicate small red and black berries and restrained vanilla oak reveals earthy nuances of cloves and nutmeg. Suggestions of mint, menthol and smoky vanilla oak permeate its restrained, but persistent palate of piercingly intense small fruit and fine, carefully measured tannic extract.Australian Wine Annual 2005 200491
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says:“
Powerful array of black fruit flavours; controlled extract/tannins/oak.Australian Wine Companion 2005 200490
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says:“
Bright, full purple-red; oak makes the first call on the bouquet, with blackberry and black cherry one step behind; the boots-and-all palate mixes fruit, tannins and oak in abundance; extreme patience should be well rewarded.Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says:“
Medium to full red-purple; the dark, blackberry, plum, spice and vanilla aromas of the bouquet are followed by a powerful palate with blackberry and toasty vanilla oak complemented by soft tannins.Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says:“
Medium red-purple; the fragrant bouquet offers a complex array of cedar, cigar box, earth and leaf; a pleasant medium-bodied palate with a mix of cherry/plum and more savoury flavours. Both the tannins and oak are integrated and balancedAustralian Wine Companion 2001 2001
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says:“
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is concentrated, with briar and liquorice fruit; the palate is likewise concentrated, but not heavy, with mulberry, plum and a touch of liquorice. Does lighten off slightly on the finish, which may be no bad thing.Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998