2014 Shaw + Smith Shiraz Magnum
- 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.