Shaw + Smith Lenswood Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
Whole-bunch pressed to new and used French puncheons for fermentation and 10 months' maturation. The bright quartz-green colour signals a wine of exceptional intensity and purity, pink grapefruit embracing white peach, oak watching on from the sideline. A truly great chardonnay.
Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay 2015
M3 now comes from selected sites over the Adelaide Hills, not from the vineyard previously called M3. Pale strawgreen; it may be autosuggestion, but this has great freshness, vibrancy and finesse, the flavours pitched halfway between white peach/stone fruit on the one hand, grapefruit/citrus on the other. Obviously fermented in French oak, but is not obviously oaky.
Shaw + Smith Shiraz 2015
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.
Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz 2014
A joyously lively cool-grown shiraz. The bouquet is particularly fragrant and fruit-driven, the medium-bodied palate laden with black cherry, spice, licorice and pepper. Its aftertaste is exceptional, underlining the length and quality of the wine.
Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz 2015
Matured in French puncheons for 14 months, with a further 14 months in bottle before release. This is an exercise in power, bay leaf staring down any attempt to add red fruits, the tannins of the same ilk, ditto oak. Despite the power, the balance and synergy of the components is undeniable.
Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Long accepted as the benchmark for Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc, and you don't have to go past the bouquet to figure out why; just about every tropical fruit you can imagine is on display, from custard apple at one extreme, kiwi fruit and green pineapple at the other. It all adds up to a complete wine made to be enjoyed until the queue forms for the next release.
Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir 2015
Light crimson; the bouquet is fragrant and floral with red fruit, spice and forest notes, the palate building on the scaffold of the bouquet. Here the accent is on excellent texture and length replaying the cherry fruit in a savoury clasp.
Congratulations to Stephen Connor, the winner of our Shaw + Smith Luxury Escape Competition 2017 and Laura Hall, the winner of the Shaw + Smith Instant Cellar.
Thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks also to Bailie Lodges and Southern Ocean Lodge for their participation in this sensational prize.
Please click here for more and to enter.
Continuing Shaw + Smith’s focus on education for both the trade and our customers, we will be holding our bi-annual series of workshops with the focus this year on Shiraz.
Given the evolution in cool-climate Shiraz production in Australia, these workshops are an opportunity to compare different examples, explore the issues specific to growing and making Shiraz in these climates, and assess the development of style and quality. Northern Rhone wines will sit beside leading Australian producers including the single vineyard Shaw + Smith Balhannah Shiraz and Shaw + Smith Shiraz 2015. Presenters include winemakers Martin Shaw and Adam Wadewitz, plus David LeMire MW and Dan Coward.
Click on your state above for details and bookings.
In NSW please visit Prince Wine Store for their workshop event by clicking here.
Leading Adelaide Hills winery, Shaw + Smith, has recorded their best two months on record taking out a swag of awards, topping annual drinks’ lists and being named Best Producer at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show announced 25 November. As well as Best Producer (over 100 tonnes), Shaw + Smith also took out trophies for the 2015 M3 Chardonnay (Best Chardonnay) and 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Best Sauvignon Blanc).
Shaw + Smith’s Balhannah Tasting Room also didn’t go unnoticed, winning the Chanticleer Award for Most Welcoming Visitor Experience.
This year also saw the release of Shaw + Smith’s first single vineyard Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, the 2014 Shaw + Smith Lenswood Chardonnay, to rave reviews including starring in the AFR Magazine’s Top 20 Wines of 2016 announced by Philip Rich at the end of November.
In October, the wine industry also got behind Shaw + Smith, voting the winery Best White Wine Producer (over $25) at the Australian Liquor Industry Awards for the third time.
The highly acclaimed Tolpuddle Vineyard in Tasmania’s Coal River Valley continues to grab attention with the 2014 Pinot Noir being included in James Halliday’s Top 100 for 2016.
Co-founder Michael Hill Smith AM MW commented: “2016 has been a sensational year – from our winemaking team led by Adam Wadewitz, sales and marketing helmed by David LeMire MW, Murray Leake our Group Viticulturist, to our all important cellar door team. Martin and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
There's a great article about Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc in the recent issue of SA Life:
In defence of Sauvignon Blanc (SA Life, March 2016)
...Embracing subtle beauty rather than bland simplicity, the Adelaide Hills wines suggest it's time to look at sauvignon blanc afresh.
Shaw + Smith 2015 Sauvignon Blanc ($26)
'This brand has consistently driven the quality benchmark of Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc - and it drove the initial success of this brand. Winemakers Martin Shaw and Adam Wadewitz greatly value the continued interest in this wine, and have never allowed it to show signs of complacency. Fussy with their selection of fruit parcels, they craft a serious wine with restrained gooseberry and tropical fruit aromas, with the zing of grapefruit on entry but more weight in the middle palate with a nashi pear crush. It gives a rich satisfying mouthfeel before sliding into a fine, dry finish.'
There was some stiff competition on the day, but after reviewing all entries, Kate came out the winner of our 2015 Open Day Options Challenge and will receive the Magnum of 2013 Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir - Congratulations Kate!
For those who came to Open Day 2015 and entered the Challenge, here are the wines that were tasted:
2015 Andrew Thomas 'Braemore' Semillon (Hunter Valley)
2013 William Fevre Chablis (Burgundy)
2010 Taylor's Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley)
Congratulations to Taria Jane Somers - the winner of our Shaw + Smith Luxury Escape Competition.
We had an amazing response to this competition - thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks also to Bailie Lodges and Southern Ocean Lodge for their participation in this sensational prize.
Following on from our last guide to Adelaide Wine Bars, Dan Coward was given the challenge to come up with a guide to Melbourne venues. Melbourne has so much to offer, and after much deliberation, sweat and tears, these are our recommendations, although this article carries a large disclaimer that it is simply not possible to provide a comprehensive Wine Bar guide to Melbourne in under 1000 words...
There is literally no way to cover off Melbourne’s thriving wine bar scene in under 1000 words (or glasses?), but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to try. During the day drink in the bustling majesty of the City Wine Shop, with its enticing wall of wine, surfeit of global Riesling and the best schnitzel around, before heading upstairs in the wee hours to get lost in the wine bible and comfy chesterfields at the Supper Club. Elsewhere in town Cumulus Up (above Cumulus Inc) is a wine destination in its own right, while Movida Aqui has you covered if you’re in an Iberian sort of mood. For a dynamic one-two punch south of the CBD go to Bellota Wine Bar with its easy European style and the encyclopedic knowledge of the Price Wine Store team before resting up at the big bar table of Port Melbourne’s Harry & Frankie. Like several of its contemporaries Harry & Frankie applies a modest drink-in corkage fee to any of the bottles along its walls. It’s a great way to try something more expensive without breaking the bank. North of the city and your attention could be split between Carlton institution, Gerald’s Bar, and Fitzroy mainstay, the Gertrude Street Enoteca. Both are small, utterly authentic and obsessed with good wine. Finally, if you’re not exhausted or broke head west to Clever Polly’s for a walk on the vinous wild side and then even further west to the Seddon Wine Store to escape the madding crowds. And if you need even more suggestions than that…you’re made of stronger stuff than us…
Winner of the Shaw + Smith Shiraz Vertical Selection and Nick Mount Decanter
Congratulations to Gabby Tait who has won our Tasting Room competition drawn on 1 May 2015. Gabby will receive the Shaw + Smith vertical Shiraz selection plus a Nick Mount decanter.
Thank you to everyone who entered this competition. The draw date for the next Tasting Room competition is 30 September 2015.