2013 Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir Magnum
- Enjoy in a large red wine glass, with some charcuterie
- Ideal drinking until 2020
- Ideal serving temperature: 16-18°C
- Produced using sustainable practices
- Suitable for vegans
What to Expect
Delicate, fragrant, light to medium bodied but with deceptive power, firm tannins and medium term ageing potential.
This is the first vintage to include fruit from our vineyard at Lenswood, which is an exciting development for us. The wine retains its characters of delicacy and charm. There is floral perfume on the nose, followed by a fresh, textured palate, with red cherry and spice notes. Snappy acidity and fine but grippy tannins keep it fresh and taut.
Growing and Making
From the block behind the Shaw + Smith winery in Balhannah and from our new Lenswood vineyard. Crop restricted to less than 1.5 tonnes per acre (1.5kg per vine).
Hand picked to avoid fruit damage. Combination of whole berry and whole bunch fermentation. Extended time on skins pre and post ferment allowing gentle extraction.
2013 was a fine growing season, with some warm days balanced by consistently cool nights. It was a relatively dry season, and grapes ripened a touch earlier than usual. The weather leading up to harvest was mostly dry, ensuring perfectly healthy fruit.
Pinot Noir is the most temperamental of varieties and remains a challenge for site, season and winemaking - Shaw + Smith has joined the quest albeit in a ‘small batch’ way. First produced experimentally in 2004 and commercially in 2007. Site selection, the right clonal mix, miniscule yields and fastidious vineyard management are essential to success.