2021 Shaw + Smith Lenswood Vineyard Pinot Noir

2021 Shaw + Smith Lenswood Vineyard Pinot Noir

Notes

Fragrant and layered single site Pinot Noir.
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Vintage Tasting Notes 

2021 | 2019 | 2018 | 2016

Style

Tasting Notes
A Pinot Noir of delicacy and fragrance, with fresh acid, and subtle layers of flavour and texture. Already open and expressive on the nose, with red fruit and spice. Bursting with flavour on the palate, with cherry, strawberry, and raspberry, toasted spices, and flowing through to firm but very fine tannins on the finish. Remarkable intensity for a wine so light on its feet.
Tasting Notes
A Pinot Noir of delicacy and fragrance, with fresh acid, and subtle layers of flavour and texture. Already open and expressive on the nose, with red fruit and spice. Bursting with flavour on the palate, with cherry, strawberry, and raspberry, toasted spices, and flowing through to firm but very fine tannins on the finish. Remarkable intensity for a wine so light on its feet.

Growing and Making

Production Notes
Sourced exclusively from Shaw + Smith's Lenswood property. Planted in 1999, the vineyard has east and west facing aspects and reaches 500 meters above sea level. The soil is brown loam over clay with some broken shale and stone ridges.Whole bunches were chilled overnight, then pressed, before fermentation in new and used 500 L French oak puncheons. The wine spent a further 10 months in barrel with gentle stirring.
Production Notes
Sourced exclusively from Shaw + Smith's Lenswood property. Planted in 1999, the vineyard has east and west facing aspects and reaches 500 meters above sea level. The soil is brown loam over clay with some broken shale and stone ridges.Whole bunches were chilled overnight, then pressed, before fermentation in new and used 500 L French oak puncheons. The wine spent a further 10 months in barrel with gentle stirring.

Story

Winemaker Notes
Since purchasing the vineyard in 2012, significant investments have been made to further enhance the site. It had always shown potential for a single site wine and in 2014 a small amount was selected for our first 'Lenswood Vineyard' Chardonnay.
Winemaker Notes
Since purchasing the vineyard in 2012, significant investments have been made to further enhance the site. It had always shown potential for a single site wine and in 2014 a small amount was selected for our first 'Lenswood Vineyard' Chardonnay.

Reviews

Two bottle limit applies.

Shanteh Wale, The Wine Pilot, May 2023

Planted in 1999. The Lenswood site sits at 500m in elevation. This is purely 114 clone in-bedded in loam over clay and shale soils. Potent black cherry, mulberry and Nyon olive with hints of Acai berry and sage leaf. Dried coconut husk, cardamom pods and pepperberry follow. The wine is weighted and sturdy in the mid palate, with that signature dense black fruit and a lingering carob and clay finish. Tannins are silty and acidity peaks in rolling waves. The Lenswood has its own style and definitely the more savoury Pinot Noir in their range. This has the structure to age and continue to develop complexities. Drink now or hold for up to 8 years. Drink with duck confit. 92 Points.

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, May 2023

Vineyard planted on a south-facing site in 1999 at 500m above sea level. It’s a tight, controlled, convincing wine. It’s reserved and taut but it still managed to have me at hello. Smoky oak, boysenberried fruit, a wealth of soft, fragrant herb notes and a dry-but-velvety finish. There’s a lot going on here but nothing juts or hardens. There’s gloriousness to be had here. 95 Points.

Huon Hooke, The Real Review, March 2023

Good depth of red-purple colour, bright, the bouquet quite foresty in a strongly whole-bunchy style, dark and red cherry, blackberry and raspberry nuances, some clove/ginger/angelica traces, complex and beguiling. Great palate intensity with fine grained tannins and plenty of extract backing it up. A multi-dimensional pinot which entertains to the last. (All clone 114). 97 Points.

Andrew Caillard, The Vintage Journal, March 2023

Medium crimson. Fresh strawberry pastille, raspberry, hint chinotto aromas with underlying savoury notes. Beautifully balanced wine with strawberry pastille, raspberry, hint chinotto flavours, fine bittersweet tannins and some vanilla notes. Builds up al dente and juicy at the finish. Very fruity and buoyant with attractive vinosity and freshness. Drink now – 2028. 95 Points.

Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion, February 2023

Pinot is a challenged commodity in the Hills these days – it is simply becoming too warm. Mid-weighted and sappy, the tannins a beam of judicious oak and whole-bunch influence. Chinotto, Seville orange, vanilla and marasca cherry. Lots of flavour and sassy medicinal undertones. While delicious, the is a bit simple, at least at this nascent stage. Time will tell. 93 Points. 

Two bottle limit applies.

Shanteh Wale, The Wine Pilot, May 2023

Planted in 1999. The Lenswood site sits at 500m in elevation. This is purely 114 clone in-bedded in loam over clay and shale soils. Potent black cherry, mulberry and Nyon olive with hints of Acai berry and sage leaf. Dried coconut husk, cardamom pods and pepperberry follow. The wine is weighted and sturdy in the mid palate, with that signature dense black fruit and a lingering carob and clay finish. Tannins are silty and acidity peaks in rolling waves. The Lenswood has its own style and definitely the more savoury Pinot Noir in their range. This has the structure to age and continue to develop complexities. Drink now or hold for up to 8 years. Drink with duck confit. 92 Points.

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, May 2023

Vineyard planted on a south-facing site in 1999 at 500m above sea level. It’s a tight, controlled, convincing wine. It’s reserved and taut but it still managed to have me at hello. Smoky oak, boysenberried fruit, a wealth of soft, fragrant herb notes and a dry-but-velvety finish. There’s a lot going on here but nothing juts or hardens. There’s gloriousness to be had here. 95 Points.

Huon Hooke, The Real Review, March 2023

Good depth of red-purple colour, bright, the bouquet quite foresty in a strongly whole-bunchy style, dark and red cherry, blackberry and raspberry nuances, some clove/ginger/angelica traces, complex and beguiling. Great palate intensity with fine grained tannins and plenty of extract backing it up. A multi-dimensional pinot which entertains to the last. (All clone 114). 97 Points.

Andrew Caillard, The Vintage Journal, March 2023

Medium crimson. Fresh strawberry pastille, raspberry, hint chinotto aromas with underlying savoury notes. Beautifully balanced wine with strawberry pastille, raspberry, hint chinotto flavours, fine bittersweet tannins and some vanilla notes. Builds up al dente and juicy at the finish. Very fruity and buoyant with attractive vinosity and freshness. Drink now – 2028. 95 Points.

Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion, February 2023

Pinot is a challenged commodity in the Hills these days – it is simply becoming too warm. Mid-weighted and sappy, the tannins a beam of judicious oak and whole-bunch influence. Chinotto, Seville orange, vanilla and marasca cherry. Lots of flavour and sassy medicinal undertones. While delicious, the is a bit simple, at least at this nascent stage. Time will tell. 93 Points. 

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