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.
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.
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.
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- Sommelier Wine Awards 2015
Trophy - Australian Shiraz- International Wine Challenge 2014 (2012 Vintage)
Gold- International Wine Challenge 2014 (2012 Vintage)
"A distinct evolution has happened around this wine with a more fragrant, spicy, lithe and lively style taking shape here. Smells of ripe red and dark cherries, cassis, blackberry and plum fruits abound with plenty of spice and gently toasty oak... The palate has immense depth and flavorsome reach with very neatly articulated, even and fine tannins. The core has plum and blackberry flavor, with a long, juicy and fresh finish. A step in the more modern, upbeat and delicious direction for this wine." James Suckling, February 2015- 96 points