2017 Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz

2017 Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz

Notes

Aromatic and structured single site Shiraz.
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Decant and enjoy with osso buco
Cellar for up to 15 years
Ideal serving temperature: 16 - 18°C
Produced using sustainable practices
Suitable for vegans
 

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes
A complex, finely-textured Shiraz expressing the conditions of each vintage and the character of a unique vineyard site.
Tasting Notes
A complex, finely-textured Shiraz expressing the conditions of each vintage and the character of a unique vineyard site.

Growing and Making

Production Notes
From close-planted (5,500 vines/ha) low yielding vines at Shaw + Smith's Balhannah Vineyard, planted in 2005. It has a north-facing aspect and the soils are loam over clay, ironstone, quartzite, and shale. 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. Hand picked and fermented as predominantly whole bunches (70%) and the remainder whole berries, in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working.
Production Notes
From close-planted (5,500 vines/ha) low yielding vines at Shaw + Smith's Balhannah Vineyard, planted in 2005. It has a north-facing aspect and the soils are loam over clay, ironstone, quartzite, and shale. 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. Hand picked and fermented as predominantly whole bunches (70%) and the remainder whole berries, in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working.

Story

Winemaker Notes
This distinctive site had always shown potential for a single site wine, and in 2013 we made our first release.
Winemaker Notes
This distinctive site had always shown potential for a single site wine, and in 2013 we made our first release.

Reviews

David Sly - Decanter - August 2020

Sharp-edged and serious, this raises a very different banner for what Australian Shiraz can be, from a cool, more elevated site. With its snappy bite of stalk and cherry, it suggests the slender refinement of Pinot Noir, but then the mid-palate rounds out with lush red berries and sprinkling of pepper in the tail. The nervy tension of this wine ensures the flavour keeps quivering in your mouth long after the last drop is drained. 98 points. 

Jamessuckling.com - July 2020

A very complex nose with intense red berries, cherries and plums, swathed in complex spice aromas and strong, whole-bunch and oak influence, which combine to drive this to ever more complex heights. The palate has rich, ripe berries, smooth tannins and dark-chocolate flavors in abundance. The smooth tannins are so well crafted. Super fresh and articulate finish. Drink or hold. 97 points. 

Angus Hughson - WISH Magazine - November 2019

From the Shaw & Smith single vineyard range comes this outstanding shiraz. It’s robust and tightly coiled, showing complex clove, pepper, meat and blackberry fruits. It’s also firm and tannic – only mid-weight but dense and energetic, packed with layers of liquorice and tarry flavour. It is very young and has a long way to run.

David Sly - Decanter - August 2020

Sharp-edged and serious, this raises a very different banner for what Australian Shiraz can be, from a cool, more elevated site. With its snappy bite of stalk and cherry, it suggests the slender refinement of Pinot Noir, but then the mid-palate rounds out with lush red berries and sprinkling of pepper in the tail. The nervy tension of this wine ensures the flavour keeps quivering in your mouth long after the last drop is drained. 98 points. 

Jamessuckling.com - July 2020

A very complex nose with intense red berries, cherries and plums, swathed in complex spice aromas and strong, whole-bunch and oak influence, which combine to drive this to ever more complex heights. The palate has rich, ripe berries, smooth tannins and dark-chocolate flavors in abundance. The smooth tannins are so well crafted. Super fresh and articulate finish. Drink or hold. 97 points. 

Angus Hughson - WISH Magazine - November 2019

From the Shaw & Smith single vineyard range comes this outstanding shiraz. It’s robust and tightly coiled, showing complex clove, pepper, meat and blackberry fruits. It’s also firm and tannic – only mid-weight but dense and energetic, packed with layers of liquorice and tarry flavour. It is very young and has a long way to run.

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