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Tuesday 8 January 2013

Vinteloper Adelo 2010

~ Adelo - derived from the Latin root, meaning obscure.

Obscure in name. Obscure in composition. Familiar in taste. Temporary in existence for its damn tasty, and sadly sold out long ago.

Pinosity to the fore. Initially it was all about fruit profile: black cherry and wild strawberry supported by dark chocolate notes.  Then...more savoury characters came through, hedgerow and brambly character.

Effortless entry, but you are soon set upon by spice, an underlying rub of fine tannin, and a savoury, beefy-esque chacracter. A good line of acid carries the wine, and again i refer to the savoury character, that is pulled through.  

Suggestions of tomato leaf on the finish too. Rather unique in that it was at turns easy-going and yet complex. Not the say the two are exclusive qualities in and of themselves, it's just rare to see them together. And we are all the more blessed when they are.  93 - Very Good

Tasted on: Sunday 30th December, a Leaf Day
Source: Winery Purchase
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap

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