Wine of the week: an opinionated shiraz from the Clare Valley

This inky and powerful Australian red comes with one of the most affordable price tags for a wine of this build-quality. 

2014 Tim Adams, Schaefer Shiraz, Clare Valley, South Australia  

£20, timadamswines.co.uk

Tim Adams and his wife Pam set up their eponymous winery in the idyllic Clare Valley in 1987. This is the year I started working in the wine business and I remember selling (and loving) an Adams & Wray shiraz, from Tim’s previous wine venture. I have known “Bonecrusher Adams” (he has a mighty handshake) and his amazing wines for every day of my life in the wine trade. You might have come across Tim and Pam’s iconic and affordable wines in Tesco – they have been a mainstay on its shelves. Adams’s wine has been championed in the UK by mercurial wine agent Craig Smith, who has masterminded the fortunes of a good few Aussie wine heroes over the decades by placing them on all of the right wine lists.

Last year Craig and Tim set up a UK arm to sell directly to his adoring British public and two amazing wines have just been launched on this website. Schaefer Shiraz is the personification of Tim’s irascible, magnetic and steadfast character, in vinous form. Inky, powerful and blessed with 12 months spent in new French oak, this is a focused and opinionated wine with the most affordable price tags I have ever seen for a wine of this build-quality. 

In addition, 2018 Tim Adams Skilly Ridge Riesling (£16) will remind you of Tim’s magical touch with this sensational variety, too. Open, layered, violet and lime blossom scented and enchanting, this magnificent white is the perfect counterpoint to the heady, luxurious shiraz. 

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (matthewjukes.com)

Recommended

Share tips of the week – 9 December
Share tips

Share tips of the week – 9 December

MoneyWeek’s comprehensive guide to the best of this week’s share tips from the rest of the UK's financial pages.
9 Dec 2022
How much should you save for retirement?
Pensions

How much should you save for retirement?

The majority of people under-save for retirement, but how much do you need for a comfortable life after work and what should you pay into your pot?
8 Dec 2022
The investment trusts and funds to buy for 2023
Funds

The investment trusts and funds to buy for 2023

With 2023 rapidly approaching, Rupert Hargreaves looks at some of the top investment trusts and funds to buy for the new year, with the help of AJ Bel…
8 Dec 2022
Air fryer vs microwave – which is cheaper to run?
Personal finance

Air fryer vs microwave – which is cheaper to run?

We compare the costs of an air fryer vs a microwave to see which one is more cost effective.
8 Dec 2022

Most Popular

Is it cheaper to leave the heating on low all day?
Personal finance

Is it cheaper to leave the heating on low all day?

The weather is getting colder and energy bills are rising, but is it really cheaper to leave the heating on low all day or should you only turn it on …
1 Dec 2022
Gold or bitcoin: what will replace the US dollar?
Bitcoin & crypto

Gold or bitcoin: what will replace the US dollar?

As Russia and the West move further apart, there’s a growing need for a new global reserve currency. The US dollar could soon be replaced by gold or b…
6 Dec 2022
Radiator vs electric heater – which is cheaper?
Personal finance

Radiator vs electric heater – which is cheaper?

We compare the costs, pros and cons of radiators and electric heaters and see which one will help keep your energy bill as low as possible.
28 Nov 2022