By Tyson Stelzer review – Tim Adams makes the most reliable $20 riesling on the shelves, perhaps even the most consistent of any wine at this price: it hasn’t dipped below 94 points in my score book in five vintages running! My advice this year is to stock up and stand back because this searing backbone of pure lime juice screams out for at least five years in the cellar. With patience, its kaffir lime zest, granny smith apple, nashi pear and nutmeg will work its all-consuming magic.
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.