2016 Shaw + Smith Shiraz

2016 Shaw + Smith Shiraz

Notes

Medium bodied with vibrant fruit and spice.
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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

Tasting Notes
Shaw + Smith Shiraz is a medium bodied cool-climate Shiraz, in which balance is more important than power. The 2016 has intensity and generosity, showing darker fruits: a reflection of an excellent warm, yet even, season.
Tasting Notes
Shaw + Smith Shiraz is a medium bodied cool-climate Shiraz, in which balance is more important than power. The 2016 has intensity and generosity, showing darker fruits: a reflection of an excellent warm, yet even, season.

Growing and Making

Production Notes
From low yielding vines predominantly at Balhannah in the central Adelaide Hills, and from Echunga and Macclesfield to the south. Hand picked and fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working. Aged in French oak for fourteen months, of which one third was new. September’s start to the growing season was warmer than average 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.
Production Notes
From low yielding vines predominantly at Balhannah in the central Adelaide Hills, and from Echunga and Macclesfield to the south. Hand picked and fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working. Aged in French oak for fourteen months, of which one third was new. September’s start to the growing season was warmer than average 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.

Story

Winemaker Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
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.

Reviews

Winewise - February 2019

2016 Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz A beautifully constructed, multifaceted red which combines dark cherry varietal character with spiciness, whole-bunch inputs and a caress of oak. This is an utterly brilliant wine. Five stars. 

Huon Hooke - The Real Review - January 2018

Deepish red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is slightly vegetal and humus-like, with spice and 'forest floor' touches. The palate is intense and deep, concentrated and dense, without special elegance but an appealing fruit-sweet middle. There are some whole-bunch hints. A big, brawling baby with lashings of tannins and abundant grip. It needs more time. It lacks this wine's customary spicy aromatic lift and grace, but certainly packs a punch.

Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front - December 2018

Cracking shiraz. Pure, ripe, spicy, bold, long, savoury: the lot. Exquisitely well set with tannin. Blue, black and red berries. Crushed dry leaves, not to mention spices. Cloves. Cured meats. Fruit and then more. It's a beauty. It finishes like a kite in a stiff steady breeze; it just wants to go and go and go. 96 Points.

John Lewis - Northside Cronical (Canberra) - November 2018

The cool climate has given us this delightful 14.5%, deep purple, potpourri-scented shiraz.The front palate has vibrant plum flavour, the middle palate shows mulberry, spice, coffee cream chocolate and savoury oak and the finish minty tannins. Ideal for veal and olive ragu. 5 stars

Dan Traucki - Wine Assist - November 2018

Lovely purple/red colour, beautiful cool climate Shiraz aromatics with a smidge of pepper. On the palate it is so smooth, elegant, full of tight flavours with a gorgeous lingering finish. Awesome!

97 Points, James Halliday Wine Companion 2019

Vibrant purple-black; seduces with swathes of dark cherries dipped in kirsch, florals, ferrous and woodsy spices, with toasty oak sewn to the shape of the fuller-bodied palate. Everything is in its place, creating an immaculate whole - the fine-grained tannins, the length, the freshness and detail. It's polished and totally convincing.

Huon Hooke - The Real Review - July 2018

Deep, bold, bright colour, with a reserved bouquet of dark plum, black fruits, earth and graphite. the palate is full-bodied and dense, with substantial tannins that grip the finish and aftertaste. A trace of bitterness in the tannins. A highly-structured shiraz with lots of stuffing. 

Morgan Dunn - The Australian - July 2018

The warmth and balance of the vintage shows itself most in what Shaw calls a ‘structurally exciting’ shiraz. There’s plumpness on the nose and in the body, nicely rounded, not too fat. The flavour profile leans more to the purple end of the spectrum and there’s a dried fruit quality, like that little black bit on the top of a blueberry. Tannin is fine, nicely grained and the classic pepperiness of the variety sits untroubled on the tongue, almost as an afterthought. There’s a good gush of juicy acid from under the back of the tongue and the alcohol, a generous 14.5 per cent, hides so well it could compete for its country.

Winewise - February 2019

2016 Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz A beautifully constructed, multifaceted red which combines dark cherry varietal character with spiciness, whole-bunch inputs and a caress of oak. This is an utterly brilliant wine. Five stars. 

Huon Hooke - The Real Review - January 2018

Deepish red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is slightly vegetal and humus-like, with spice and 'forest floor' touches. The palate is intense and deep, concentrated and dense, without special elegance but an appealing fruit-sweet middle. There are some whole-bunch hints. A big, brawling baby with lashings of tannins and abundant grip. It needs more time. It lacks this wine's customary spicy aromatic lift and grace, but certainly packs a punch.

Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front - December 2018

Cracking shiraz. Pure, ripe, spicy, bold, long, savoury: the lot. Exquisitely well set with tannin. Blue, black and red berries. Crushed dry leaves, not to mention spices. Cloves. Cured meats. Fruit and then more. It's a beauty. It finishes like a kite in a stiff steady breeze; it just wants to go and go and go. 96 Points.

John Lewis - Northside Cronical (Canberra) - November 2018

The cool climate has given us this delightful 14.5%, deep purple, potpourri-scented shiraz.The front palate has vibrant plum flavour, the middle palate shows mulberry, spice, coffee cream chocolate and savoury oak and the finish minty tannins. Ideal for veal and olive ragu. 5 stars

Dan Traucki - Wine Assist - November 2018

Lovely purple/red colour, beautiful cool climate Shiraz aromatics with a smidge of pepper. On the palate it is so smooth, elegant, full of tight flavours with a gorgeous lingering finish. Awesome!

97 Points, James Halliday Wine Companion 2019

Vibrant purple-black; seduces with swathes of dark cherries dipped in kirsch, florals, ferrous and woodsy spices, with toasty oak sewn to the shape of the fuller-bodied palate. Everything is in its place, creating an immaculate whole - the fine-grained tannins, the length, the freshness and detail. It's polished and totally convincing.

Huon Hooke - The Real Review - July 2018

Deep, bold, bright colour, with a reserved bouquet of dark plum, black fruits, earth and graphite. the palate is full-bodied and dense, with substantial tannins that grip the finish and aftertaste. A trace of bitterness in the tannins. A highly-structured shiraz with lots of stuffing. 

Morgan Dunn - The Australian - July 2018

The warmth and balance of the vintage shows itself most in what Shaw calls a ‘structurally exciting’ shiraz. There’s plumpness on the nose and in the body, nicely rounded, not too fat. The flavour profile leans more to the purple end of the spectrum and there’s a dried fruit quality, like that little black bit on the top of a blueberry. Tannin is fine, nicely grained and the classic pepperiness of the variety sits untroubled on the tongue, almost as an afterthought. There’s a good gush of juicy acid from under the back of the tongue and the alcohol, a generous 14.5 per cent, hides so well it could compete for its country.

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