2020 Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz

97 Points James Halliday
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An icon of elegant Shiraz from a cooler climate in the Adelaide Hills. Sitting high on the hills between the McLaren Vale, Barossa and Eden Valleys, the cooler Adelaide Hills allow Shaw and Smith to craft a Shiraz that is deep, but more fine-boned and complex. Here, aromatic red fruits and spicy minerals suggest a comparison with premium Syrah from France's Northern Rhone. Giving the best Kiwi Syrah a run for its money, this is a unique and classy Aussie offering.
$52.99 in mixed 6+ or $58.99 per bottle



Its Origins

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

97/100 The Weekend Australian, James Halliday

"A wine of towering richness and complexity, black cherries, liquorice, black pepper. Close your eyes, and this shiraz will give you a magic carpet ride to the upper reaches of the Rhone Valley. Most remarkable is the freshness of the wine, and the dark spices of a night time drink."

95/100 Australian Wine Review, Andrew Graham

"40% whole bunches. 14 months in 1/3rd new French oak. An evocative smelling thing it is too – whole bunch cinnamon spice, red and blue fruits, a whisper of charcuterie and then a ripple of blueberry crumble. The medium bodied palate is finessed and yet ripe and plush, all at once, the alcohol even lobbing in some warmth though not intrusive. That palate is just so impressive – it’s inviting and plush and so perfect. Compelling in its balance and flavour. Maybe a little light on the tannins is the only criticism. Absolute top-flight Shiraz."

94/100 The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson

"It feels neat and composed though it also boasts excellent concentration of fruit flavour. This puts the runs on the board and lets them speak for themselves. Kirsch, boysenberry, smoked bacon and cedarwood flavours, though the driver here is fruit and lots of it. Tannin, integrated, keeps thing taut-enough, while twiggy spice notes add breadth. The aromatics of this wine are quite wonderful, all sweet berried and exuberant, and the palate too is in fine form. " Drink 2024 - 2030+

Variety Shiraz / Syrah
Region South Australia
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.00%
Maturity 2022 - 2035

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with DUCK



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