David Bowley the “maverick” owner and winemaker of Vinteloper explains that Adelo is derived from the Latin root meaning ‘obscure’.
This makes a lot of sense, for not only is this wine made from alternative varieties, it is also a blend of different regions in South Australia:
65% Touriga Nacional from Langhorne Creek,
25% Shiraz from McLaren Vale
10% Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills.
This is a wine that will excite almost every wine geek, for it is an obscure and unique blend from a trendy new winery. However a lot of these obscure and interesting wines can be duds. When I tasted the wine I was overjoyed that the quality of the wine matched my expectations. It is a light to medium bodied wine that is utterly delicious.
Aussie’s tend to stick to straight varietals and by doing so can miss out on some exciting wines like David’s Adelo. It has great juicy texture and delicious red and blue berry notes that come from the Shiraz & Pinot; and a spicy savoury edge that comes from the Touriga, it’s a perfect combination.”