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Shaw and Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills 2018

Mix 12
£28.00
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£29.00
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Description & Technical Information
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Established in 1989 by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW, Shaw + Smith's aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that stand among 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 cooler climates, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and also make outstanding wines from Shiraz and Pinot Noir.

The Adelaide Hills was long considered too cool to ripen Shiraz. By the early 2000s, though, the potential for outstanding Shiraz from the right sites in the Adelaide Hills was compelling, and the first Shaw + Smith Shiraz was made in the 2002 vintage. Since then, Shiraz in the Hills has gone from strength to strength, its hallmarks being fragrance, intensity, and medium bodied elegance.

Vineyards: The fruit was sourced from vineyards in the warmer, drier parts of the Adelaide Hills, notably Lenswood 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.

Vinification: Hand picked and fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working. Aged in French oak, one third of which was new, for 14 months.

Weather in 2018: 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.

Technical Information:
Grape: 100% Shiraz
Region: Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Alcohol: 14 %
Closure: Screwcap
Acidity: 5.50 g/l
Residual sugar: 0.80 g/l
pH: 3.75

Tasting Note: Shaw + Smith Shiraz is a medium bodied cool-climate Shiraz. 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.
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Expert Reviews
95/100
Huon Hooke
“Delicious. A full-bodied, powerful wine loaded with pepper and spice notes, and some gentle vegetal overtones, possibly from whole-bunch inclusion. Dark berries, licorice and graphite galore. There are liberal tannins that impart the right touch of firmness.”
94/100
David Sly
“Elegant Shiraz is often code for a modest, subdued wine, but in this instance it’s about capturing harmony and balance. Bright flavour is smartly contained within a seamless body, carefully made to measure. A clean acid line down the spine ensures that no jagged edges poke out. Dark plum and cherry notes flit amongst the blackberry and rhubarb. It’s a smooth, confident customer.”
95/100
Campbell Mattinson
“Fantastic release. Stunning length, a wide array of flavours, top tier tannin and the (velvety) texture to match. Cloves, nuts, cherry-plum, graphite, woodsmoke. Cool climate profile with a warmth in its heart. I drank a couple of glasses but I was convinced from the first sip. My only real question was whether it was 95 or 96.”
93/100
Josh Raynolds
“Deep, shimmering ruby. Expressive aromas of fresh red and dark berries, pungent flowers and smoky minerals, along with a spicy nuance that builds with aeration. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering spice-laced black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that turn sweeter through the back half. Closes on a gently sweet note, showing strong persistence, supple tannins and repeating spiciness.”