The grapes for this wine were sourced at two sites, Balhannah and the slightly warmer Macclesfield. The Adelaide Hills has experience something of a revival over the last few decades; the area now boasts over 95 producers and 4000 hectares of vineyard, generally regarded as one of Australia’s most exciting cool climate areas. Surrounded by many of the traditional wine growing areas of Australia, the region’s altitude means it experiences cooler temperatures by some 4-8 degrees. Therefore, the cool, dry summer and autumn ripening conditions help produce the desired composition, concentration, flavours and balance in the grapes.
Shaw and Smith is the brainchild of cousins Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw, who established the winery in their name in 1989. Michael has the claim to fame of being the first Australian to pass the MW exam, and later received an Order of Australia in 2008 for his contribution to the country’s wine industry. Martin also brings valuable experience to the mix, having worked with well renowned Aussie Brian Croser at Petaluma for 8 years. Cool climate Shiraz is one of the winery’s specialties.
Grapes are hand harvested and bunches crushed and destemmed. Fermentation at controlled temperatures occurs in small stainless steel fermenters, with gentle pumping to extract colour and ripe tannins from the skins. The wine is aged in French oak barriques (one third new) for 14 months.
The 2018 shows brilliant balance and structure with grippy tannins. Aromas of red fruit are complimented by a palate of bright cherry, raspberry and mulberry, with hints of dark chocolate. There was outstanding quality delivered in 2018, from a growing season that threatened, at times, to be tricky. After some heat in January, the moderate, dry and sunny months of February and March delivered beautifully balanced fruit. Crop levels were slightly below average, enhancing flavour and intensity.
Perfect with a peppered steak, or pan fried duck breast with cinnamon. Also work well with oven roasted root vegetables with a balsamic vinegar drizzle.
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
In the Press
Silver – International Wine Challenge 2020
Silver – International Wine Challenge 2021
Silver – International Wine Challenge 2018