As December approaches we have taken the time to write a short, thoughtful wish list of gifts that we hope will inspire new ideas for you, for the month ahead.
Christmas looks different for everyone and keeping this in mind we have chosen items of varied price but also based on a theme that resonates with us, as winegrowers, of appreciation for celebration and togetherness, and carefully considered objects.
Ceramic serving plates, from Made in Japan $17.50 each + delivery buy
Made in Japan is notable in Australia for ceramics and tableware. These earthy and durable, high-lipped dishes 22cm in diameter, are perfect for serving a Burrata dish, salumi or any shared plate of this nature. Made in Japan deal directly with small family-run businesses in Japan, providing the highest quality ceramics at the best possible price; no excessive packaging either. If you live in Melbourne you might also like to see about their ceramic workshops.
Adventures on the Wine Route, by Kermit Lynch $24.75 + delivery buy
Non-fiction, first published in 1988, A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France is likely to add value to any wine devotee’s library. Alice Waters provides a good synopsis: “Kermit's book changed my thinking about wine. Colorful encounters with larger-than-life personalities, the primacy of the land and authenticity, plus a good dose of humorous anecdotes to keep you entertained.”
Bottle of 2018 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay, gift boxed $49 + delivery buy
Recent winner of Best Young White Wine at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, this Chardonnay will be a welcome addition to the dinner table. It comes with a complimentary gift box that is illustrated with fun and colourful hand-brushed zigzags, lines and curves, available with all wines if something else better suits.
Culture Memory Game, The School of Life $49 + delivery buy
This traditional game of matching pairs is made perfect for all ages with the addition of works of literature, art, design, or architecture, showcased on each pair. A fun way to learn up on cultural icons, their important and appearance: a visual index of some of the best ideas in the world!
One book a month for three months, from Wellread $99 (delivery inclusive) buy
A book subscription can be a thoughtful gift, especially for those that manage a little more time for reading over the summer holiday. The subscription includes three carefully selected books, delivered separately each month with reading notes. There’s a kids subscription available too.
Universal wine glass, by Zalto $58 each + delivery buy
These glasses are unbelievably lightweight and delicate. The shape of the bowl distinguishes Zalto from other known stemware, and they are tall as well. Suiting a range of different wine varieties and styles, the universal glass is a good versatile option, that we can recommend.
A magical dining experience, at Villetta Porcini in the Adelaide Hills. $ Email to buy - email@example.com
Gifting an experience is a lovely thought and even better if it’s somewhere hidden and magical! Villetta Porcini is a new culinary experience in Mylor, where the tables are all outdoor and surrounded by nature with produce and beverages presented by André Ursini. Whether you are contributing to, or purchasing in full, the experience will cost about $200 per person for food, drinks on top. In terms of available times, they are in demand, and will be made available to your guest/s later on, upon request.
Broadsheet Edition prints, from $220 + delivery buy
Beautiful images by past and present Broadsheet photographers, available for purchase. They start from $220 unframed and go up in size and price from there. We like Mark Roper’s Flinders Lane featuring one of our favourites, Supernormal. Also Rebecca Mansell’s Authentic Bites II, or Gareth Sobey’s Circular Quay or Lisbon Laundry.
Hand blown wine decanter, by artist Nick Mount $399 + delivery buy
Nick Mount is a leading Australian glass artist living locally in the Adelaide Hills. His hand-blown wine decanters are beautiful and include a funnel available in one of four colour choices: amber, ruby, black or clear. As well as online from the Jam Factory, Shaw + Smith sell these in the Tasting Room, if you live nearby and can come in.
Congratulations to Kelly Flynn, the winner of our Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Luxury Weekend Competition 2019 and Chris Byrne, the winner of the Shaw + Smith $1000 Cellar.
Thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks also to Sequoia Lodge, Mount Lofty House for their participation in this sensational prize.
The inaugural Shaw + Smith Scholarship launched in Hong Kong and Singapore in 2018, a continuation of the ongoing support of wine education.
The first scholarship recipients, Alan Tse of Hong Kong and Dexter Foo of Singapore, joined the Shaw + Smith team for a week in the Adelaide Hills during harvest in early March 2019. They gained first-hand experience of a working winery, along with time in the vineyards and in-depth regional and varietal tastings.
Following this, the scholars headed south to Tasmania to visit the Tolpuddle Vineyard in the Coal River Valley.
Entries for the 2020 Scholarships open on July 1, 2019. This coincides with Shaw + Smith’s Pinot Noir Benchmark Workshops, held in Singapore and Hong Kong on August 26 and 29 respectively. People working in the wine trade in Hong Kong or Singapore, in either hospitality or retail environments, who would benefit from increasing their knowledge, understanding and love of Australian wine, are invited to apply.
Each scholar receives return airfares to Australia, five nights of accommodation in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, two nights of accommodation in Hobart, Tasmania, and all meals.
To apply, candidates will be asked for an updated CV, along with no more than 200 words, or a short video, outlining why they would like to be selected as a Shaw + Smith Scholar and how they feel the experience would benefit their career in wine. The winners will be announced November 1, 2019.
Congratulations to Kylie Myall, the winner of the Shaw + Smith Tasting Room competition who has won $300 worth of wine!
Thanks to everyone who entered.
JamesSuckling.com is the wine media platform of the eponymous former Wine Spectator Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief. Suckling has engaged Melbourne-based Nick Stock as Senior Editor, giving JamesSuckling.com insight, experience, and expertise in Australian wine that is very rare in global wine publications. That’s good for them, and good for Australian wine.
Given their deep knowledge of Australia, we were thrilled to see four wines from Shaw + Smith feature in their TOP 100 AUSTRALIAN WINES OF 2018. Read on to see what made the cut! Please note that these wines are very limited and subject to allocations.
For the full list, click here.
2015 Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz, 98 points
Ranked 8th. A decadent yet persistently fresh shiraz, showing notes of blackberry tart, hot stones, dried herbs, blueberry cake, quartz, resin and baking spices. The palate is very sophisticated in its delivery of chewy, enveloping tannins, which coat the mouth and remain lithe and velvety at the same time. A driven line of acidity runs throughout plums and cassis, and this finishes long and intense. Minerally and tight, too.
2016 Shaw + Smith Lenswood Vineyard Chardonnay, 96 Points
Ranked 40th. This offers impressive complexity and depth. Really tight-wound and reductive with citrus and peaches abound. The palate has a sleek, composed and linear style and really impressively judged ripeness. There’s a zesty edge to the fruit. Elegant and long.
2016 Shaw + Smith Lenswood Vineyard Pinot Noir, 96 points
Ranked 47th. A lush nose of strawberries, dried red cherries, brambleberries, dried roses, hibiscus and raspberry tea and nuances of earth, citrus, Indian spices and dried herbs. Medium to full body, layers upon layers of spicy red fruit and firm yet velvety tannins. A long, plush finish that remains vibrant and dialed-in. Drink in 2022.
2015 Shaw + Smith Shiraz, 96 points
Ranked 56th. A fresh and deliciously spicy nose showing brambleberries, blackcurrants, dark cherries and dark plums, as well as hints of black peppers, slate, iodine and citrus. Full-bodied with wonderfully structured tannins, seemingly unstoppable acidity and a long, chewy finish, which remains taut and mineral.
For those wanting to send gifts to friends and family in the UK, we have Christmas offers available this year through our partner, OzWines. There is a selection of mixed dozen wines on their website, or you can choose your own Shaw + Smith wines to send. Order online, and enter code LENSWOOD to receive a further 10% off any Shaw + Smith dozen wines.
SHAW + SMITH CLASSIC CHRISTMAS GIFT PACK (£251)
6x Sauvignon Blanc
2x M3 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz
SHAW + SMITH CHRISTMAS GIFT CASE (£268)
4x Sauvignon Blanc, M3 Chardonnay and Shiraz
SHAW + SMITH CELEBRATION CASE (£277)
3x Sauvignon Blanc, m3 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz
SHAW + SMITH EXTRAVAGANZA CASE (£302.99)
4x M3 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz
SHAW + SMITH SINGLE VINEYARD COLLECTION (£659)
4x Lenswood Vineyard Chardonnay, Lenswood Vineyard Pinot Noir and Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz
The Shaw + Smith team have had a great result at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show.
- 2017 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay Best Chardonnay of Show
- Murray Leake, Group Viticulturist, Wine Show Committee's Award of Recognition
We are thrilled to win this trophy and to see Murray recognised for his dedication. The team in the vineyard and the winery have worked incredibly hard over the last year and it’s great to see the results in the bottle being acknowledged.
Michael Hill Smith represented us earlier this month at Wine Decanted in Lake Tahoe: a full immersion in Australian wine for 100 important wine trade from around the US.
Wine Australia have said that Decanted is the most important event they have put on in America, providing a better and deeper understanding of the diversity and the complexity and uniqueness of Australian Wine. Michael was one of 13 winemakers plus some other special guests and media from Australia, showing wines from both Shaw + Smith and Tolpuddle Vineyard that were very well received. He had a terrific time.
Please watch the video featuring Michael, here.
Congratulations to Renee Ferguson, the winner of our Shaw + Smith Luxury Escape Competition 2018 and Vanessa Joubert, the winner of the Shaw + Smith Instant Cellar.
Thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks also to Saffire Freycinet for their participation in this sensational prize.
Australia has seen a move toward more single site wines. For this to be plausible there must be a tangible difference in the glass and we believe these three individual vineyard wines do indeed have a real point of difference.
2016 Shaw + Smith Lenswood Vineyard Chardonnay
2016 Shaw + Smith Lenswood Vineyard Pinot Noir
2015 Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz
These releases are the third vintage made of the Lenswood Vineyard Chardonnay and the Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz, and the first of the Lenswood Vineyard Pinot Noir.
Available online now and in our Tasting Room.