2018 Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz

2018 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
 

Style

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.
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.

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

Tony Love - Halliday Wine Companion - August 2021

From the home vineyard at Shaw + Smith's Balhannah winery and cellar door, there's a stunningly attractive ripeness to this wine, dark blue and purple fruit notes with kitchen herbal tweaks adding a heightened gastronomic appeal – dark mint, fennel and rocket pepperiness. Delicious medium-bodied structurals and fine tannins provide an equally sophisticated mouthfeel and finish. Superb wine. 96 points. 

Mike Bennie - The Wine Front - July 2021

Excellent wine with so much detail, complexity, silken texture, spice lavishly draped over it all, savouriness and game meat richness, pure, cherry juice scents and flavours about that. Perfect medium weight zone, vibrant fruit character, all that perfume and additional flavour so very good here. And tannins, beautiful, beautiful caress of fine, lacy, gently puckering tannins. Top class stuff. Real pedigree. Moreish and delicious too. Kudos, S+S team. 95 points. 

Aaron Brasher - The Real Review - Kuly 2021 

A very youthful appearance in the glass. Aromas are lifted and exotic with blue fruits, bouquet garni, sarsaparilla, spicy, nutmeg oak and a fragrant whiff of whole-bunch funk. The palate is mid-weight, precise and pretty, blueberry, dark cherry, cherry cola and a sweet kick of seasoned oak. The tannins are there, playing their part shaping the wine and contributing to palate length, which is very impressive. 95 points

David Sly - Decanter - July 2021

Significantly riper than the previous vintage, this shows its affection more forcefully through a broader mid-palate, with an intense wrestle of blackberry and blueberry competing to win the upper hand. Firmer on the finish with sharp pepper seasoning the fruit sweetness. An intriguing different Shiraz from a superior site.

Tony Love - Halliday Wine Companion - August 2021

From the home vineyard at Shaw + Smith's Balhannah winery and cellar door, there's a stunningly attractive ripeness to this wine, dark blue and purple fruit notes with kitchen herbal tweaks adding a heightened gastronomic appeal – dark mint, fennel and rocket pepperiness. Delicious medium-bodied structurals and fine tannins provide an equally sophisticated mouthfeel and finish. Superb wine. 96 points. 

Mike Bennie - The Wine Front - July 2021

Excellent wine with so much detail, complexity, silken texture, spice lavishly draped over it all, savouriness and game meat richness, pure, cherry juice scents and flavours about that. Perfect medium weight zone, vibrant fruit character, all that perfume and additional flavour so very good here. And tannins, beautiful, beautiful caress of fine, lacy, gently puckering tannins. Top class stuff. Real pedigree. Moreish and delicious too. Kudos, S+S team. 95 points. 

Aaron Brasher - The Real Review - Kuly 2021 

A very youthful appearance in the glass. Aromas are lifted and exotic with blue fruits, bouquet garni, sarsaparilla, spicy, nutmeg oak and a fragrant whiff of whole-bunch funk. The palate is mid-weight, precise and pretty, blueberry, dark cherry, cherry cola and a sweet kick of seasoned oak. The tannins are there, playing their part shaping the wine and contributing to palate length, which is very impressive. 95 points

David Sly - Decanter - July 2021

Significantly riper than the previous vintage, this shows its affection more forcefully through a broader mid-palate, with an intense wrestle of blackberry and blueberry competing to win the upper hand. Firmer on the finish with sharp pepper seasoning the fruit sweetness. An intriguing different Shiraz from a superior site.

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