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.
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.
Today is International Sauvignon Blanc Day, and while we weren't aware of this fact until around lunchtime today, it is still fitting that the team has been tasting through our new vintage Sauvignon Blanc batches for classification.
Martin Shaw, Adam Wadewitz and David LeMire tasted individual batches of the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and the consensus was that this vintage shows consistent and even quality, with the different vineyard sources all performing very highly.
In David's words: "Lovely aromatics, crisp acidity and great flavours."
The 2015 Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc is scheduled for release in July 2015.