2016 Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc
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.