2016 Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc
- A great aperitif or serve with seafood
- Best drinking within two years
- Ideal serving temperature: 6-8°C
- Produced using sustainable practices
- Suitable for vegans
What to Expect
Typically it shows a pink grapefruit character, concentration and mid-palate texture, which reflect the carefully selected sites and hand harvesting during the small window of perfect ripeness.
The 2016 vintage is precisely to style: distinct pink grapefruit, mid-palate weight and textural interest, held by fine acidity.
Growing and Making
Sourced from cool, high elevation vineyards in the Adelaide Hills. Meticulous viticulture, with cane pruning, vertical shoot positioning, and yields limited through shoot thinning and bunch thinning to increase fruit intensity. 100% hand picked. Fermented cool (10-12°C) in stainless steel followed by a short maturation on lees. Prompt bottling to retain freshness.
The growing season started with a warmer than average spring, leading to good canopy and fruit development. January rainfall provided relief from earlier warmer temperatures and was timely to aid fruit development through the ripening period, resulting in healthy fruit being harvested two weeks earlier than average.
2016 is Shaw + Smith’s 27th vintage. It has become known as a benchmark for Adelaide Hills, and Australian, Sauvignon Blanc.
The style has remained fresh, aromatic, and pure over the journey. Recent evolution has been to source from higher and cooler sites, allowing us to retain lively acidity if conditions are warmer.
Trophy: Best Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Adelaide HIlls Wine Show
James Halliday - Halliday Top 100 - November 2016
For long accepted as the benchmark for Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc, and you don't have to go past the bouquet to figure out why: just about every tropical fruit you can imagine is on display from custard apple at one extreme, kiwi fruit and green pineapple at the other (Michael Hill-Smith rejects gooseberry on the basis this means cape gooseberry, rarely encountered in Australia). It all adds up to a complete wine made to be enjoyed until the queue forms for the next release.
Tony Love - Herald Sun - September 2016
With the 27th release of this benchmark Hills (and Australian) sauvignon blanc, the crew behind it believes it’s in the top handful of the best. The 2016 vintage has delivered a fabulous citrus zest to more varietally familiar (in this case, well-tempered) tropical fruit salad with passionfruit notes. The palate zings with pure squeezed lemon and grapefruit juices, and the finish is textured and salivating.
Graeme Phillips - Hobart Mercury - December 2016
A deliciously fresh and juicy, lightweight palate with soft citrusy/snow pea flavours and a pleasant, popular, fruit-sweet lift to the long, lingering finish.