Established in 1989 by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith, Shaw + Smith's aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that stand amongst the best of their type in Australia. The wines are made exclusively from fruit grown in the Adelaide Hills, one of Australia's coolest and most exciting regions. Shaw + Smith specialise in grape varieties suited to the cooler climate, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay and also make fantastic wines from Shiraz and Pinot Noir. Their wines consistently win medals and trophies at international wine competitions.
The fruit was sourced from vineyards in the warmer, drier parts of Adelaide Hills, notably Macclesfield and from low yielding vineyards in Balhannah, near the Shaw and Smith winery. Soils here are shallow red/brown loam over schist and clay. The vines are planted at a density of 2,700 - 5,500 vines per hectare and are hand pruned with vertical shoot positioned canopies. Low yields of two kilos per vine were achieved by aggressive pruning and pre-harvest bunch thinning.
Fruit was hand-picked and fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working - as the winemaking team say, "No berries were harmed during the making of this wine."
Fresh and vibrant on the nose, with red fruit aromas and some dried herb notes. The palate shows bright cherry, raspberry, and mulberry, a hint of dark chocolate and plenty of structure, with grippy tannins that build through to the finish.
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Name Shaw + Smith Shiraz Country Australia Region Adelaide Hills ABV% 14.5% Vintage 2016 Grape Variety 100% Shiraz Size 750ml Dietary Information Suitable for Vegetarians, Suitable for Vegans, Sustainable