The Adelaide Hills has now proven it can make truly exciting spicy Shiraz. The key is careful site selection, low yields and restrained use of oak. The blend component from the warmer sub-area of Macclesfield gives structure and richness, whilst Balhannah contributes spiciness and perfume. A vibrant, modern interpretation of Australian Shiraz.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
These guys haven't put a foot wrong with Shiraz: this is yet another brilliant wine. Spicy, earthy, dark-fruit aromas translate to a deep, fleshy, long and elegant palate, which concludes with ample fine-grained tannins that caress the tongue. Very stylish. Rating 95 & 5 Stars - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (FEB-MAR/2011)
Vivid crimson hue; loaded with dark plum, mulberry, smoked meat and attractive warm spices; the palate delivers layers of ripe red and black fruit, hints of oak and ample fine-grained tannins; firm, savoury and thoroughly appealing to conclude. Rating 94 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Edition 2011
A warmer vintage with a heat spike has not deterred the drive and direction. Benefits from a vigorous decant, then reveals Satsuma plum skins, pepper, liquorice and violets. Beautifully textural, peppery tannins linger long on the finish. A wine of great poise and style. Rating 93 - Tyson Stelzer, Wine 100
Such has been the success of Shaw and Smith's sauvignon blanc - an Australian benchmark - that you can sometimes overlook just how good their shiraz is.
This was a cracking vintage until a 15-day heatwave struck shortly before harvest which caused more than a glimmer of concern. No problem though as this is a delight; dark berry flavours, delicious spice and terrific length. Outstanding. Rick Allen, Parramatta Advertiser (8/Sep/2010)
"....The 2008 Shaw and Smith Shiraz (about $38) still has an excellent mouth presence and ample palate weight to satisfy those who usually opt for bigger styles. A mix of berry fruits and plum emerge on the palate to mix with the spice that is found when the wine is first encountered. The flavours are generous and layered........Shaw and Smith is an impressive and reliable producer. Its 2008 Shiraz is likewise." Mike Burnett - Launceston Examiner (15/Sep/2010)
Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith's red sets the pace for Adelaide Hills shiraz - the altitude, and therefore cooler climate, setting its style apart even from those of the neighbouring Eden Valley, to the north. It's typically fine boned and elegant and based on lively, ripe-berry flavours - more akin to what we make in Canberra than the burly styles made just down the hill from it. But in the hot 2008 vintage its style lurches towards the bigger end of the spectrum. Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times (5/Sep/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
Shaw + Smith Shiraz vibrant and modern in style. The wine displays distinctive spice and pepper characters.
It is rich and juicy, yet elegant. Similar to the highly regarded 2006 vintage but with greater concentration and palate weight.
Has the concentration and structure to develop fine tertiary characters in bottle over the next 10 years.
Hand harvested bunches were crushed, destemmed and underwent fermentation in small fermenters. During fermentation the fruit was regularly hand plunged and pumped over to extract colour, flavour and tannins. A small batch approach was adopted throughout. Maturated in new (1/3) and older French oak barriques for 14 months to retain fruit integrity and brightness.