Shaw + Smith began over a long lunch in 1989 when cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith decided to realise a long held dream to make wine together. Now they make wines exclusively from the Adelaide Hills, from varieties that suit the cooler climate: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Shaw + Smith own two vineyards, in Lenswood and Balhannah. Growing the best possible grapes, managing vineyards sustainably, and valuing vine health, soil health, and low yields are central to the Shaw + Smith approach. In the pursuit of quality, all grapes continue to be hand-picked, and the wines are fermented, aged and bottled on site at Balhannah. The wines are vibrant, medium bodied expressions of their varieties that reflect their sites and region.
What The Critics Say
96/100 Halliday's Wine Companion
"Has established a consistent reputation as one of Australia's best cool climate shirazs, low yields (especially in 2014) and site selection all-important. Handpicked, partial whole bunch and remainder whole berry open-fermented, matured in French oak (33% new) for 14 months. A super-fragrant red cherry bouquet, with notes of mulberry, licorice and plum joining the vibrant red fruits of the palate, backed by firm, precisely framed tannins." Drink by 2030
95/100 JamesSuckling.com, Nick Stock
"Bathed in brambly dark berry fruit aromas, there’s a streak of blueberry too, twirled up with clear whole bunch aromatics, some pepper, sappy notes and dark stony minerals. The palate’s crisp and fresh, with juicy red and blue berry fruits layered up through well-groomed tannins, baking spices, mocha and a fresh, juicy finish. Approachable now, best from 2018. Screw cap."
5 Stars, Melbourne Herald Sun 2 August 2016, Tony Love
"The S+S winemaking under Adam Wadewitz’s influence has brought more ethereal elements to this wine. Lovely light-wafting fruit, herb and spice perfumes start the experience, then sweet cherry and thyme flavour notes add to the beauty — swirl the glass again and again — with just the right sense of gastronomic bitter in the finish. Classy, and eminently desirable shiraz."
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