2021 Shaw + Smith Shiraz

2021 Shaw + Smith Shiraz

Notes

Medium bodied with vibrant fruit and spice.
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SKU: SASSHZ21
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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

2021 | 20202019 | 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

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

Andrew Graham - Oz Wine Review - October 2022

No preamble needed – this Shaw + Smith Shiraz 2021 is excellent. It’s so drinkable. That’s the nub of it. Sure, we can swoon about the purple mulberry and beetroot Adelaide Hills fruit opulence or how the slick of vanilla oak lifts it nicely. Or how the tannins are fine and finessed and the moderate alcohol and just-right acidity makes this, well, just right. The ripeness really is perfect – this is so moderate and delightful despite the volume of polished fruit. But, ultimately, it’s just a really enjoyable, full flavoured, gently spicy, polished, generous, round yet not fat, technically perfect modern Australian Shiraz. Wow. 96 Points. 

Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front - October 2022

This is a beautiful release of Shaw + Smith Shiraz. It’s even-handed and well tempered but then it’s all joy from there. A forest of berries, a walk through flowers, peppers flung through and rubs of woodsy spice; the combination of fruitiness, savouriness, seriousness and fun is a highway to pleasure, built on wine. For all that the tannin is another dimension in itself; fine, lacy, assertive and savoury at once, complete with its own twiggy spice notes. It’s drinking beautifully and it will continue to do so. 96 Points.

Huon Hooke - The Real Review - October 2022

Very deep and bright red-purple with impressive saturation, while the bouquet is fresh and brightly youthful dark fruits and spices, black cherry through to dark plum, with a hint of earthy ironstone and graphite—almost a pepperiness. The tannins are ample and supple, adding texture and gravitas as well as a trace of agreeable bitterness which either food or bottle-age will mellow out. Splendid shiraz that will richly reward keeping. 95 Points.

Shanteh Wale - The Wine Pilot - October 2022

There are good reasons why this wine is found on most coveted wine lists, in great wine bars and located in collectors cellars. A wine that can be counted upon to provide the elegance of cool climate fruit with plenty of structure and drinking appeal. Sourced from Balhannah and the Central Adelaide Hills. It’s full of wild purple florals, fat juicy mulberries (the ones at the top of the tree, just out of reach), blueberries and dark chocolate shavings. Hints of vanilla pod and cardamom comes through and soft svelte tannins to finish. It’s indulgent and always a pleasure to drink. Pair with chipotle pulled pork tacos. 92 Points. 

Andrew Graham - Oz Wine Review - October 2022

No preamble needed – this Shaw + Smith Shiraz 2021 is excellent. It’s so drinkable. That’s the nub of it. Sure, we can swoon about the purple mulberry and beetroot Adelaide Hills fruit opulence or how the slick of vanilla oak lifts it nicely. Or how the tannins are fine and finessed and the moderate alcohol and just-right acidity makes this, well, just right. The ripeness really is perfect – this is so moderate and delightful despite the volume of polished fruit. But, ultimately, it’s just a really enjoyable, full flavoured, gently spicy, polished, generous, round yet not fat, technically perfect modern Australian Shiraz. Wow. 96 Points. 

Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front - October 2022

This is a beautiful release of Shaw + Smith Shiraz. It’s even-handed and well tempered but then it’s all joy from there. A forest of berries, a walk through flowers, peppers flung through and rubs of woodsy spice; the combination of fruitiness, savouriness, seriousness and fun is a highway to pleasure, built on wine. For all that the tannin is another dimension in itself; fine, lacy, assertive and savoury at once, complete with its own twiggy spice notes. It’s drinking beautifully and it will continue to do so. 96 Points.

Huon Hooke - The Real Review - October 2022

Very deep and bright red-purple with impressive saturation, while the bouquet is fresh and brightly youthful dark fruits and spices, black cherry through to dark plum, with a hint of earthy ironstone and graphite—almost a pepperiness. The tannins are ample and supple, adding texture and gravitas as well as a trace of agreeable bitterness which either food or bottle-age will mellow out. Splendid shiraz that will richly reward keeping. 95 Points.

Shanteh Wale - The Wine Pilot - October 2022

There are good reasons why this wine is found on most coveted wine lists, in great wine bars and located in collectors cellars. A wine that can be counted upon to provide the elegance of cool climate fruit with plenty of structure and drinking appeal. Sourced from Balhannah and the Central Adelaide Hills. It’s full of wild purple florals, fat juicy mulberries (the ones at the top of the tree, just out of reach), blueberries and dark chocolate shavings. Hints of vanilla pod and cardamom comes through and soft svelte tannins to finish. It’s indulgent and always a pleasure to drink. Pair with chipotle pulled pork tacos. 92 Points. 

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