Using cooler climate fruit, this wine is a modern interpretation of Australian Shiraz. Whilst traditionally associated with warm regions, Shiraz has also proven to be a star performer, when carefully managed, in the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills. Vineyards: 100% Adelaide Hills. The wine was matured for 15 months in new, one and two year old French oak barriques. 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.
This exceptional Shiraz illustrates why the Shaw + Smith wines are multi-award winners. A medium-bodied red, it demonstrates the beauty in balance over power. Fresh red berries including raspberry and blueberry are flavoured with notes of clove and black pepper. The palate is long and layered with elegantly fine grained tannins. Pair it with a wagyu burger with bacon, gruyere cheese and pickle.
Morgan Dunn - he warmth and balance of the vintage shows itself most in what Shaw calls a “structurally exciting” shiraz. There’s plumpness on the nose and in the body, nicely rounded, not too fat. The flavour profile leans more to the purple end of the spectrum and there’s a dried fruit quality, like that little black bit on the top of a blueberry. Tannin is fine, nicely grained and the classic pepperiness of the variety sits untroubled on the tongue, almost as an afterthought. There’s a good gush of juicy acid from under the back of the tongue and the alcohol, a generous 14.5 per cent, hides so well it could compete for it’s country.
Sunday Telegraph, 24 September 2017 Peter Forrestal - The cool Adelaide Hills has produced some of the most exciting shiraz in the country in recent years with its savoury flavour profile and plush texture. Shaw + Smith is among its finest producers. In 2015, the wine has a vitality and freshness that delights, with brambly, briary blackberry flavours and succulent, fleshy texture before a fine, lingering finish.
Sunday Times, Perth, 13 August 2017 Tony Love - A leader of the Hills cool climate shiraz brigade,the S+S team source from increasingly higher altitude and cooler sites, select best clones, sort berries vigorously as well as using 40% whole bunches to achieve such a lithesome style, the perfume subtle and seductive to begin before a plump and peppery spiced, medium weight palate. Lip-smackingly delicious.
The Australian, 18 July 2017 Huon Hooke 95 Points - The best shiraz yet under this label: deliciously intense with blood-plum, raspberry, black-cherry aromas with pepper and spice nuances. Marvellous richness and a soft-textured palate that is fruit-driven, with barely perceptible oak.
James Halliday 97 Points - rom central and southern (the latter warmer) parts of the Adelaide Hills, hand-picked, part destemmed, part whole bunch, open-fermented with gentle plunging. The colour is bright, the bouquet full of red fruits, darker fruit notes and delicious pepper and spice nuances. These characters flow through to the medium-bodied palate of Shaw + Smith's most consistently outstanding wine, the '15 vintage making it seem so easy. James Halliday Wine Companion 2018, August 2017