2010 Shaw and Smith Shiraz
6 x 750 ml Bottles | RRP: $45.00 | Cracka Rating: 4/55
Producer: Shaw & Smith Type: Red Varietal: Shiraz Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
2013 Shaw and Smith Shiraz
Case Price: $251.94
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 Pickle.
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 vintage!
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)
James Halliday says:“
Vivid crimson hue; a complex bouquet, with a wealth of red and black fruits, spice and ironstone complexity; the medium- to full-bodied palate is fleshy, silky, rich and almost hedonistic in its appeal; long, languid and beautifully detailed from start to finish; excellent viticulture and winemaking in total harmony.
Best Drinking: To 202596
Tyson Stelzer says:“
2012 has given birth to one of the great Shaw + Smith Shirazes, and one of the benchmarks of the Adelaide Hills. Finely textured and immaculately poised, fleshy black cherries, black plums and liquorice unite in an elegantly medium-bodied style accented with layers of black pepper and game, reinforced by a small influence of whole bunch fermentation. Finely textured tannin structure and outstanding persistence point to a confident future.Wine Taste Weekly -28/01/1496
Jeremy Oliver says:“
Likely to evolve with rustic, meaty complexity, with a leathery bouquet of dark plums, cassis, blackberries and cedary oak lifted by nuances of white pepper and violets and revealing a mineral, graphite-like aspect. Full to medium-bodied, it's soft and juicy, with a deep core of dark, spicy fruit underpinned by fine, dusty tannins. It finishes long and spicy, with a lingering savoury presence of dark fruit and suede leather.
Best Drinking: 2015-2018+The Australian Wine Annual 201391
Rob Geddes MW says:“
Impeccable elegance and detail; fresh blueberry aromas lands full and rich good juicy varietal sweetness with spice and a solid seamless structure. In 2010 the fruit is more restrained than usual with blueberry and blackberry and gentle meat stock spice appearing. The palate starts a little cooler than its usual richness. It is elegant medium weight with ripe fruit filled middle palate richness and a good line of fine tannins to finish
Best Drinking: 2018Rob Geddes MW90