2019 Shaw + Smith Shiraz

2019 Shaw + Smith Shiraz

Notes

Medium bodied with vibrant fruit and spice.
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SKU: SASSHZ19
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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

Vintage Tasting Notes

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Style

Tasting Notes
Shaw + Smith Shiraz is a medium bodied cool-climate Shiraz, in which balance is more important than power.
Tasting Notes
Shaw + Smith Shiraz is a medium bodied cool-climate Shiraz, in which balance is more important than power.

Growing and Making

Production Notes
The 2019 growing season was one that challenged even the most experienced and well equipped vignerons. Those that made the most of it produced small crops of very clean fruit with wonderful flavour and intensity. Natural acidity is a feature in all of the wines despite the warm dry summer.
Production Notes
The 2019 growing season was one that challenged even the most experienced and well equipped vignerons. Those that made the most of it produced small crops of very clean fruit with wonderful flavour and intensity. Natural acidity is a feature in all of the wines despite the warm dry summer.

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

David Sly – Decanter – July 2021 

Beware the siren with the ruby-red lips. In a smoky room, here she strides  - confident, cool, arresting. Slender, stalky cherry and a smear of blackcurrant bite, spiked with crushed peppercorns. No sunny smiles here, this is deadly serious. Leaner, finer and taut, it marks a big stride ahead from previous vintages. This vision of cool-climate shiraz marks a new age of measured sophistication. 98 points 

Angus Hughson - WinePilot - May 2021

Fans of Shaw + Smith Shiraz will no doubt be very happy with the 2019 vintage. It’s beautifully pitched and manages to seamlessly combine quite ripe and fleshy fruits with subtlety and a silky texture – this is a wine where it is a challenge to stop at just one glass.

Deeply coloured, it is immediately open for business with bright, savoury and engaging fruits. There is blackberry, black pepper and high quality oak with a nice touch of stalky complexity adding some detail. This is followed by a ripe core of dark fruits on the palate with some liquorice and earthy flavours plus ripe tannins that provide a good backbone which drives a powerful and long finish. What I like most though is its deliciously silky texture that makes this wine extraordinarily drinkable at a young age.
 

Ray Jordan – The West Australian – May 2021

Showing slightly riper fruit characters on the nose as a result of the warmer vintage, yet it retains its mediumweight and cool-climate feel. Spicy and slightly peppery aromas float over the plummy fruit. Brilliant colour points to its life and energy with the nose and palate delivering on the promise. Has a chalky mouthfeel, which is most appealing. 94 points

Huon Hooke - The Real Review - June 2021

Bright, deep purple colour with a fresh, fragrant, floral aroma which echoes stalky whole-bunch fermentation. The wine is sweetly juicy on the fore-palate before slightly chewy tannins chime in and cleanse the finish, leaving a clean, dry aftertaste. A statuesque wine which definitely needs more time: it's a bit chewy and grippy right now, so serve with protein-rich foods. High potential. 95 points
 

Andrew Graham – Oz Wine Review – June 2021 

Love the combo of fruit generosity at moderate alcohols here. More. More. Adelaide Hills Shiraz, built mid weight, but plump, with cooked ham, blackberry compote and black pepper. It’s joyful fruit too. It’s bright-fruited, spice-flecked, maybe a bit too primary, but very pleasant. Inviting. Not complex, but ah so affable and generous, and there’s capacity for more given the late spice tannins. Very good. Best drinking: now, but better in 2-3 years and for the next decade. 94 points

David Sly – Decanter – July 2021 

Beware the siren with the ruby-red lips. In a smoky room, here she strides  - confident, cool, arresting. Slender, stalky cherry and a smear of blackcurrant bite, spiked with crushed peppercorns. No sunny smiles here, this is deadly serious. Leaner, finer and taut, it marks a big stride ahead from previous vintages. This vision of cool-climate shiraz marks a new age of measured sophistication. 98 points 

Angus Hughson - WinePilot - May 2021

Fans of Shaw + Smith Shiraz will no doubt be very happy with the 2019 vintage. It’s beautifully pitched and manages to seamlessly combine quite ripe and fleshy fruits with subtlety and a silky texture – this is a wine where it is a challenge to stop at just one glass.

Deeply coloured, it is immediately open for business with bright, savoury and engaging fruits. There is blackberry, black pepper and high quality oak with a nice touch of stalky complexity adding some detail. This is followed by a ripe core of dark fruits on the palate with some liquorice and earthy flavours plus ripe tannins that provide a good backbone which drives a powerful and long finish. What I like most though is its deliciously silky texture that makes this wine extraordinarily drinkable at a young age.
 

Ray Jordan – The West Australian – May 2021

Showing slightly riper fruit characters on the nose as a result of the warmer vintage, yet it retains its mediumweight and cool-climate feel. Spicy and slightly peppery aromas float over the plummy fruit. Brilliant colour points to its life and energy with the nose and palate delivering on the promise. Has a chalky mouthfeel, which is most appealing. 94 points

Huon Hooke - The Real Review - June 2021

Bright, deep purple colour with a fresh, fragrant, floral aroma which echoes stalky whole-bunch fermentation. The wine is sweetly juicy on the fore-palate before slightly chewy tannins chime in and cleanse the finish, leaving a clean, dry aftertaste. A statuesque wine which definitely needs more time: it's a bit chewy and grippy right now, so serve with protein-rich foods. High potential. 95 points
 

Andrew Graham – Oz Wine Review – June 2021 

Love the combo of fruit generosity at moderate alcohols here. More. More. Adelaide Hills Shiraz, built mid weight, but plump, with cooked ham, blackberry compote and black pepper. It’s joyful fruit too. It’s bright-fruited, spice-flecked, maybe a bit too primary, but very pleasant. Inviting. Not complex, but ah so affable and generous, and there’s capacity for more given the late spice tannins. Very good. Best drinking: now, but better in 2-3 years and for the next decade. 94 points

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