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Style - Shaw + Smith Shiraz is a medium bodies cool-climate
Shiraz, in which balance is more important than power.
The 2010 has notes of blueberry and mulberry on the nose,
and a palate that also shows dry spice (fennel seed), some
earthy notes, and which has plenty of ripe, round tannins
that are initially overwhelmed by the fruit, but which
become more apparent and assertive on the finish.
Food - Wagyu Hamburger with Bacon, Gruyere Cheese and Zuni
Vintage - Welcomed winter rains replenished sub-soil moisture.
Other than a spike of hot weather in November, the
growing season was very mild and harvest weather
perfect. Below average yields and cool weather resulted in
intense flavours and high natural acidity. An excellent
Source - From low yielding vines at Balhannah, in the central
Adelaide Hills, and Macclesfield, the warmer and drier
sub-region to the south. Low yields achieved by aggressive
pruning and pre harvest bunch thinning.
Vinification - Hand picked, crushed and fermented on skins in small
fermenters with hand plunging and gentle pumping over to
extract colour, flavour and tannin. Malolactic fermentation
in French oak barriques.
Shaw + Smith Reviews and Accolades
I’ve been drinking Shaw + Smith Shiraz since 2006 and I reckon this is the best release I’ve ever tasted. Amazing to see the price remain relatively stable across that period too. Kudos.
Initially, this was so tightly shaped and ferruginous that I thought it might contain a splash of Mataro. I’ll probably never know though. It opens up to reveal boysenberry, cherry and plum characters matched to cool climate pepper and crushed spice with a hint of iodine. Floral aromatics too. The palate tends towards savouriness with suggestions of roast meats on a climactic finish. Suede texture leads into fine, graphite tannin. Complex, layered and beautiful. Wow.
95+ Points, Excellent – Exceptional Jeremy Pringle - Wine Will Eat Itself (September 4th 2012)
Wine Taste Weekly -28/01/14
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2013