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The Shaw + Smith winery consists of two vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, Balhannah and Lenswood, totaling 55 hectares. They are each planted to varieties that perform particularly well in their respective micro-climates and soils: Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc succeed in both sites, while Shiraz thrives in Balhannah and Chardonnay flourishes in Lenswood. In addition to site selection, Shaw & Smith use a number of different cultivars or ‘clones’ of each grape variety, which contribute different qualities to the final product.
First vinified in 2002, the Shaw + Smith Shiraz has quickly garnered attention as a standout cool climate Australian Shiraz. Whole-berry fermentation allows for gentle yet thorough extraction and optimal aromatics. Maturation in French oak allows tannins to soften and aromas to harmonize before bottling under screwcap. The wine displays fragrant layers of red berry and black fruit on the nose along with characteristic black pepper. The palate is defined by well-structured yet soft tannins and fresh, balanced acidity. A well-defined and lingering finish leaves a strong desire for
96 points, James Suckling:
"A fresh and deliciously spicy nose showing brambleberries, blackcurrants, dark cherries, and dark plums, as well as hints of black peppers, slate, iodine, and citrus. Full-bodied with wonderfully structured tannins, seemingly unstoppable acidity, and a long, chewy finish, which remains taut and mineral." (6/9/18)
92 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2015 Shiraz offers a welcome combination of smoky, spicy, savory and fruity elements, hinting at hickory, pepper, meat, and mulberries. It's medium to full-bodied but never seems heavy or overdone, retaining a sense of liveliness and vitality on the mouthwatering finish." (1/31/19)
Producer Name: Shaw & Smith
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: Australia
Region: South Australia
Appellation: Adelaide Hills
Grape Varietals: Shiraz
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Winemaker: Adam Wadewitz
Pack/Size: 6/750 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Burgundy Bottle
Closure Style: Stelvin Closure