2014 Shaw + Smith Shiraz

2014 Shaw + Smith Shiraz

Notes

Medium bodied with vibrant fruit, spice and texture.
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SKU: SASSHZ14
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Decant alongside slow cooked lamb shoulder
Cellar for up to 15 years
Ideal serving temperature: 16-18°C
Produced using sustainable practices
Suitable for vegans
 

What To Expect

Tasting Notes
Shaw + Smith Shiraz is a medium bodied cool-climate Shiraz, in which balance is more important than power.
Tasting Notes
Shaw + Smith Shiraz is a medium bodied cool-climate Shiraz, in which balance is more important than power.

Growing and Making

Production Notes
From low yielding vines predominantly at Balhannah, in the central Adelaide Hills, and Macclesfield, the warmer and drier sub-region to the south. Hand picked, sorted and fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working. Aged in French oak (30% new) for 14 months. 2014 was not without its challenges, with small crops due to some unsettled weather during flowering. In mid-February a string of half a dozen hot days ended with a significant amount of rain over 24 hours. The following four weeks of dry, mild, and sunny weather from late February was just what the vines needed, and the results are very exciting.
Production Notes
From low yielding vines predominantly at Balhannah, in the central Adelaide Hills, and Macclesfield, the warmer and drier sub-region to the south. Hand picked, sorted and fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working. Aged in French oak (30% new) for 14 months. 2014 was not without its challenges, with small crops due to some unsettled weather during flowering. In mid-February a string of half a dozen hot days ended with a significant amount of rain over 24 hours. The following four weeks of dry, mild, and sunny weather from late February was just what the vines needed, and the results are very exciting.

Story

Winemaker Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
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.

Reviews

Adelaide Hills Wine Show, November 2015

Gold Trophy - Best Shiraz
Best Wine of Show

Tony Love - Melbourne Herald Sun - 2 August 2016

The S+S winemaking under Adam Wadewitz’s influence has brought more ethereal elements to this wine. Lovely light-wafting fruit, herb and spice perfumes start the experience, then sweet cherry and thyme flavour notes add to the beauty — swirl the glass again and again — with just the right sense of gastronomic bitter in the finish. Classy, and eminently desirable shiraz.
Score: Five stars

Nick Stock - jamessuckling.com - 18 December 2015

Bathed in brambly dark berry fruit aromas, there’s a streak of blueberry too, twirled up with clear whole bunch aromatics, some pepper, sappy notes and dark stony minerals. The palate’s crisp and fresh, with juicy red and blue berry fruits layered up through well-groomed tannins, baking spices, mocha and a fresh, juicy finish. Approachable now, best from 2018. Screw cap.
Score: 95 points

James Halliday - The Weekend Australian Magazine - 22-23 August 2015

One of Australia's best cool climate shirazes, low yields (especially in 2014) and site selection all-important. Hand picked, partial whole bunch and remainder whole berry open-fermented, matured in Frensh oak (33% new) for 14 months. A super-fragrant red cherry bouquet, with mulberry, licorice and plum notes joining the vibrant red fruits of the palate, backed by firm, precisely framed tannins. To be released late September 2015. Drink to 2030. Score: 96 points

Adelaide Hills Wine Show, November 2015

Gold Trophy - Best Shiraz
Best Wine of Show

Tony Love - Melbourne Herald Sun - 2 August 2016

The S+S winemaking under Adam Wadewitz’s influence has brought more ethereal elements to this wine. Lovely light-wafting fruit, herb and spice perfumes start the experience, then sweet cherry and thyme flavour notes add to the beauty — swirl the glass again and again — with just the right sense of gastronomic bitter in the finish. Classy, and eminently desirable shiraz.
Score: Five stars

Nick Stock - jamessuckling.com - 18 December 2015

Bathed in brambly dark berry fruit aromas, there’s a streak of blueberry too, twirled up with clear whole bunch aromatics, some pepper, sappy notes and dark stony minerals. The palate’s crisp and fresh, with juicy red and blue berry fruits layered up through well-groomed tannins, baking spices, mocha and a fresh, juicy finish. Approachable now, best from 2018. Screw cap.
Score: 95 points

James Halliday - The Weekend Australian Magazine - 22-23 August 2015

One of Australia's best cool climate shirazes, low yields (especially in 2014) and site selection all-important. Hand picked, partial whole bunch and remainder whole berry open-fermented, matured in Frensh oak (33% new) for 14 months. A super-fragrant red cherry bouquet, with mulberry, licorice and plum notes joining the vibrant red fruits of the palate, backed by firm, precisely framed tannins. To be released late September 2015. Drink to 2030. Score: 96 points

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2014 Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz
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