2014 Shaw + Smith Shiraz
- 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
Shaw + Smith Shiraz is a medium bodied cool-climate Shiraz, in which balance is more important than power.
This vintage is fresh and vibrant with red fruit aromas, and some dried herb notes. The palate shows bright fruit, (cherry, raspberry, and mulberry) a hint of dark chocolate, and plenty of structure, with grippy tannins that build through to the finish.
Growing and Making
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.
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.
Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2015 - 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 releaed late September 2015. Drink to 2030.
Score: 96 points