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.
Wine Companion tasting note. - Rating: 96 points Drink By: 2030 Date Tasted:12 Jul 2015 Alcohol: 14%
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. 96 points James Halliday
This is a superb, dramatic shiraz which is succulent and ethereal - not as blockbuster, but powerful and very intense. Floral nuances add to acomplex bouquet, and the sweet fruit is balanced by the soft tannins, giving it a beguiling texture. 96 points Gourmet Traveller Wine