2021 Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir

2021 Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir

Notes

Perfumed and delicate with silky tannins
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Enjoy in a large red wine glass, with some charcuterie
Ideal drinking until 2026
Ideal serving temperature: 16-18°C
Produced using sustainable practices
Suitable for vegans

Vintage Tasting Notes

2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Style

Tasting Notes
The 2020 vintage was very low yielding, which resulted in great concentration. The cool ripening conditions produced Pinot Noir with intense red and blue fruit flavours, and excellent balance.
Tasting Notes
The 2020 vintage was very low yielding, which resulted in great concentration. The cool ripening conditions produced Pinot Noir with intense red and blue fruit flavours, and excellent balance.

Growing and Making

Production Notes
The vintage threw up a number of challenges, including frosts, poor fruit set and fires. That said, the weather during the ripening period was extremely kind. February saw perfectly even ripening and resulted in grapes that were small, packed with flavour, and with higher than normal acidity.
Production Notes
The vintage threw up a number of challenges, including frosts, poor fruit set and fires. That said, the weather during the ripening period was extremely kind. February saw perfectly even ripening and resulted in grapes that were small, packed with flavour, and with higher than normal acidity.

Story

Winemaker Notes
Pinot Noir is the most temperamental of varieties and remains a challenge for site, season and winemaking - Shaw + Smith has joined the quest albeit in a ‘small batch’ way. First produced experimentally in 2004 and commercially in 2007. Site selection, the right clonal mix, minuscule yields and fastidious vineyard management are essential to success.
Winemaker Notes
Pinot Noir is the most temperamental of varieties and remains a challenge for site, season and winemaking - Shaw + Smith has joined the quest albeit in a ‘small batch’ way. First produced experimentally in 2004 and commercially in 2007. Site selection, the right clonal mix, minuscule yields and fastidious vineyard management are essential to success.

Reviews

Nathan Slone - Jamessuckling.com - October 2022

A beautifully crafted pinot, as always, with focused fruit, subtle undertones of cedar and leather and hints of foie gras. It’s full-bodied, but not heavy, with plenty of tension and focus. Bright acidity with depth and length. Impressive. 95 Points

Andrew Caillard MW - The Vintage Journal - September 2022 

Medium crimson. Intense strawberry, red cherry, herb garden, hint dried roses aromas and underlying savoury notes. Lovely pure juicy strawberry, red cherry fruits, fine chalky, hint al-dente textures, very good mid-palate viscosity, and integrated savoury/roasted hazelnut notes. Finishes slinky and long. Extremely fine with attractive colour, definition, complexity and volume. Drink now or keep for a while. 96+ Points.

James Halliday - The Weekend Australian - June 2022

Already a serious complex pinot, high-strung aromas of spice and forest floor providing the parameters of palate that builds intensity as it moves triumphant peacock’s tail finish. 97 Points. 

Andrew Graham - Australian Wine Review - May 2022

After many vintages of either a) edging too far into dry red territory or b) flopping back the other way and looking too lean. But this vintage, like the last couple, is just excellent. The best I can remember. Fruit source has been an important change, with the backbone of this Pinot now Lenswood fruit. What a lovely wine it is too – bright ruby coloured, a little purple even. Great nose – it’s varietal, it’s delicate, it’s red-fruited and raspberried and fresh. There is flashes of vanilla bean oak. The mid-palate is the driver here – it’s almost Grenache like in its glossy red fruit. Excellent balance through the finish – just enough acidity, just enough tannins. Sound the bugles, this is a fucking triumph. 95 Points. 

Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front - April 2022

Love the tannin structure of this wine. It feels both perfumed and inlaid with fruit, but more impressively it sheets across the wine in a wide spread, integrated and balanced while at the same time being assertive. It gives the wine a bit of class, not that it lacked it in the first place. This is a polished release, with varietal red berries fruit flavours splashed with earth, chicory and dry spice. It’s ultra primary now, as you’d expect, but it feels settled, and so it’s already drinking well. Fruit and the formation of tannin here though are its main quality markers. 93+ Points. 

Jeni Port - Halliday Wine Companion - December 2021

Arrives as a fully-fledged pinot noir, complex and intriguing. Starts with a wealth of dark fruits, forest floor, bracken, earthy notes and woodsy spice, before launching into a sweeping, textural palate, glossy and even. Oak adds some extra creamy, spicy complexity and, boy it runs long.  94 Points. 

Nathan Slone - Jamessuckling.com - October 2022

A beautifully crafted pinot, as always, with focused fruit, subtle undertones of cedar and leather and hints of foie gras. It’s full-bodied, but not heavy, with plenty of tension and focus. Bright acidity with depth and length. Impressive. 95 Points

Andrew Caillard MW - The Vintage Journal - September 2022 

Medium crimson. Intense strawberry, red cherry, herb garden, hint dried roses aromas and underlying savoury notes. Lovely pure juicy strawberry, red cherry fruits, fine chalky, hint al-dente textures, very good mid-palate viscosity, and integrated savoury/roasted hazelnut notes. Finishes slinky and long. Extremely fine with attractive colour, definition, complexity and volume. Drink now or keep for a while. 96+ Points.

James Halliday - The Weekend Australian - June 2022

Already a serious complex pinot, high-strung aromas of spice and forest floor providing the parameters of palate that builds intensity as it moves triumphant peacock’s tail finish. 97 Points. 

Andrew Graham - Australian Wine Review - May 2022

After many vintages of either a) edging too far into dry red territory or b) flopping back the other way and looking too lean. But this vintage, like the last couple, is just excellent. The best I can remember. Fruit source has been an important change, with the backbone of this Pinot now Lenswood fruit. What a lovely wine it is too – bright ruby coloured, a little purple even. Great nose – it’s varietal, it’s delicate, it’s red-fruited and raspberried and fresh. There is flashes of vanilla bean oak. The mid-palate is the driver here – it’s almost Grenache like in its glossy red fruit. Excellent balance through the finish – just enough acidity, just enough tannins. Sound the bugles, this is a fucking triumph. 95 Points. 

Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front - April 2022

Love the tannin structure of this wine. It feels both perfumed and inlaid with fruit, but more impressively it sheets across the wine in a wide spread, integrated and balanced while at the same time being assertive. It gives the wine a bit of class, not that it lacked it in the first place. This is a polished release, with varietal red berries fruit flavours splashed with earth, chicory and dry spice. It’s ultra primary now, as you’d expect, but it feels settled, and so it’s already drinking well. Fruit and the formation of tannin here though are its main quality markers. 93+ Points. 

Jeni Port - Halliday Wine Companion - December 2021

Arrives as a fully-fledged pinot noir, complex and intriguing. Starts with a wealth of dark fruits, forest floor, bracken, earthy notes and woodsy spice, before launching into a sweeping, textural palate, glossy and even. Oak adds some extra creamy, spicy complexity and, boy it runs long.  94 Points. 

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