2015 Shaw + Smith Shiraz Half Bottle
- 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.
Light red. Bright nose, really fragrant – juicy cranberries, cinnamon and bergamot. On the palate there is lots of rhubarb and earl grey tea on top of a savoury core – cured meats, stem, sap, and spice. Nice acid cut and grippy tannins.
Growing and Making
Sourced from both the Balhannah and Lenswood vineyards. A combination of beneficial vine age and our preferred Dijon clones (114, 115, 777 and MV6) delivers complex and beguiling Pinot characters in the wine. Meticulous viticulture, with cane pruning, vertical shoot positioning, and yields limited through shoot thinning and bunch thinning to increase fruit intensity.
100% hand picked and sorted fruit. A combination of whole berry and whole bunch (40%) fermentation. Fifteen days on skins. Matured in French oak barrels (30% new), the majority of which were 500L puncheons.
2015 was a remarkable vintage. Above average winter rainfall ensured a good start to the growing season, and warm weather in late-December / early-January was moderated by useful rain on the 13th of January. The season concluded with mild, steady conditions and delivered fruit of wonderful quality to the winery.
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.