Owner and winemaker, Tim Adams, began his career in the wine industry as a cellarhand at the Stanley Wine Company in 1975, steadily working his way through the ranks to become winemaker in 1981 following graduation. The first inclination to leave came in 1985, when Tim and his wife were approached by local cooper Bill Wray to form a partnership of the two families to make wine and small oak casks. The first wines under the Adams & Wray label were released in September 1986, by which time Tim had left the Stanley Wine Company. In May 1987 the Adams & Wray partnership was dissolved, and Tim and his wife Pam took full control of the renamed Tim Adams Wines. In late 1987 they purchased the existing winery site and opened the cellar door in January 1988.
The Skilly Ridge vineyard, planted by the Ingham family in 1994 produces an array of exciting varietal characteristics from each of the different planted varieties. Much thought was given to where each variety would be planted, and this saw the Riesling block thrive on a mixture of clay, loam and shale with an ideal easterly aspect.
Dazzling quartz-green, this has a purity and restraint that is in the fountainhead of all great rieslings. It is as much to do with what it doesn't have (overt acidity, extract, etc) as its many high points. Free-run juice from high quality grapes has its own reward. Part of this wine has been held back for release in 8-10 years time (at a very different price no doubt). Drink to: 2043; Price: $30.00; Date Tasted: Dec 2019; Alcohol: 11%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
So passionate is he at trumpeting Riesling’s credentials, this top-notch Clare Valley vigneron never misses an opportunity to bolster his vineyard holdings. Five years ago, he purchased the prime Skilly Ridge vineyard, being so impressed with its potential. This beaut wine shows his judgment was again absolutely spot on. John Fordham; Sunday Telegraph
It's fragrant, floral - lavender and violets; stonefruit and dripping honeydew melon. Textural width and weight married to a fine minerally length. Treads a path that is light, yet one also of verve and a touch of minerally swagger. Delicate length, citrus and zest with more of that textural feel. Light, balanced and assertive. A delight, a wine that will serve in the cellar well for 10-15 years. Price: $30.00; Alcohol: 11.5%; Rating: 93 Points; The Vinsomniac
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