Shaw and Smith Shiraz

Current Vintage: 2013
Current Vintage: 2013 | 6x750ml Bottles | RRP: $45.00 | Our Price: $41.99 | Cracka Rating: 5/542

Producer: Shaw & Smith Type: Red Varietal: Shiraz Region: Adelaide Hills, SA

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2013 Shaw and Smith Shiraz James Halliday 97 James Suckling 96
  • A winery partnership that began over a long lunch? That's the kind of partnership we at Cracka can really get behind. Back in 1989 cousins martin Shaw & Michael Hill Smith decided to make make some wine together and have quickly become a benchmark producer in the cool climate Adelaide Hills. This elegant and supple medium bodied shiraz is brimming with red and black fruits and is backed up with subtle toasty oak. The perfect accompaniment to roast lamb leg, or some Jaiozi (Steamed Chinese Dumplings) for the more adventurous among you.
    Cracka Wine Rating100
  • Shaw + Smith Shiraz is a medium bodied cool-climate Shiraz, in which balance is more important than power.

    The 2013 is a perfumed Shiraz with aromatics of florals and cherry. The palate shows bright fruit in the red fruits spectrum and spice notes of dried herbs including thyme. Natural tannins and a graphite-like earthiness contribute to a savoury core that underpins the great depth and complexity of this wine.

    Food: Spring Lamb

    Cellaring: Has the concentration and structure to develop fine tertiary characters in bottle over the next 15 years.

    Alcohol: 14%


    Reviews & Accolades


    "A modern style of cooler-climate shiraz for mature palates, made by the very professional team at Shaw+Smith in the Adelaide HIlls. It weighs in at 14 per cent alcohol and is supple and stylish, polished and elegant with red fruit characters and pepper/spice characters to the fore rather than intrusive oak. The 2012 vintage of this was named best red wine in Australia at a major international show and this fleshy but beautifully structured wine is every bit as good."
    Winsor Dobbin - Launceston Examiner - 25 January 2015

    "A clean, ripe and superbly balanced, mid-weight wine structured with Shaw + Smith’s trademark elegance, the deep and beautifully concentrated damson plum and spice flavours opening and growing in the glass before running to a long, very more-ish finish. Delicious drinking with roasted squab or five-spice duck. "
    Graeme Phillips - Hobart Mercury - 24 January 2015

    "Shaw + Smith one of the producers that have set the Adelaide Hills squarely on the map for spicy Shiraz. Cracked black pepper, meat, raisins, sweet grass, blackberry and blackcurrant. Medium to full bodied, meaty and spicy, plenty of fleshy tannin allied to pan juices, raisins and sweet black fruit. Good finish. Rasp of firm tannin, herbs and raspberry sweetness on exit gives it that little extra push. Nice wine. Stylish."
    92 Points - Gary Walsh - The Wine Front - 23 September 2014

  • James Halliday says:

    Vivid crimson; the fragrant array of black cherry, blackberry, spice and cracked pepper aromas feed into the beautifully textured and proportioned palate, where silky tannins provide perfect support and mouthfeel. A top notch successor to the acclaimed '12.

    Best Drinking: By 2035
    97

    James Suckling says:

    A distinct evolution has happened around this wine with a more fragrant, spicy, lithe and lively style taking shape here. Smells of ripe red and dark cherries, cassis, blackberry and plum fruits abound with plenty of spice and gently toasty oak. There's a distinctive graphite-like edge, and whole bunches shine through. The palate has immense depth and flavorsome reach with very neatly articulated, even and fine tannins. The core has plum and blackberry flavor, with a long, juicy and fresh finish. A step in the more modern, upbeat and delicious direction for this wine. Drink now.

    jamessuckling.com
    96

    The Wine Front says:

    Shiraz 2013 tasting today. Looking better and better. Really quite fantastic actually. Bunchiness is integrated, savoury, briary in perfume. Dark and red berry fruit whiffs. Peppery spice. Texture is fluid but crunchy, some warmth, earthiness, frisky acidity, but a depth of flavour that will be a touchstone for those loving a little oomph from shiraz, but also restraint. Delicious. I went for a second glass to taste to double check.

    WIneFront - 26 June 2015
    93

    Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) 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.

    Best Drinking: 2017 - 2027
    96

    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) 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 2025
    96

    Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) 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 2013
    91

    Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) 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: 2018
    Rob Geddes MW
    90

    Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) 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 -28/01/14
    96

    James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says:

    Deep colour, vibrant hue; deep and compelling levels of ripe black fruits, savoury spices and well-handled toasty oak; the palate is unctuous and silky, with black and red fruits combining with silky fine-grained tannins expanding across the palate with true grace and harmony; long and luscious.

    Best Drinking: 2025
    96

    Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says:

    Contemporary shiraz in an elegant, approachable style, whose sweet, musky and meaty expression of blackberries, cassis, raspberries and redcurrants is tightly knit with cedar/vanilla oak and fine, crunchy tannin. Silky-smooth and polished, medium to full-bodied, its brightly lit palate of plush plum and berry flavours, briary and herbal complexity finishes with pleasing length and freshness.

    The Australian Wine Annual
    92

    Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says:

    Shaw + Smith Sauvignon addicts, shiraz is really where it's really at for this company. The 09 shows just how concentration of black fruits and taut tannin poise can be achieved at once. Shaw + Smith + Shiraz.

    Wine100
    94

    Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says:

    Striking liquorice-scented nose here: plenty of woody spices and black cherry fruits below, some red fruits, a little pepper and some fragrant, lifted perfume. The palate's neatly struck, with a surge of mocha oak flavour amid fine, even tannins and a juicy cassis, plum and black-cherry finish. A neat play of concentration and elegance here.

    Best Drinking: 2014
    The Good Wine Guide
    93

    Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) 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: 2020
    Rob Geddes MW
    93

    Angus Hughson (2008 Vintage) says:

    Jubey, spicy mid weight fruit with some earthy complexity. Restrained elegant style, ciolets and spice perfume only mid weight but underlined with firm grainy well-ripened tannins tied in with moderate new oak. Finishes long and fine - nice work

    94

    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:

    Vivid crimson hue; loaded with dark plum, mulberry, smoked meat and attractive warm spices; the palate delivers layers of ripe red and black fruit, hints of oak and ample fine-grained tannins; firm, savoury and thoroughly appealing to conclude.

    Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
    94

    Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says:

    A warmer vintage with a heat spike has done nothing to deter the drive and direction of this style. It benefits from a vigorous decant on opening, then reveals Satsuma Plum skins, pepper, liquorice and violets. Beautifully textural, peppery tannins linger long on the finish. A wine of great poise and style.

    93

    Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says:

    Impeccable fresh blackberry aromas, lands full and rich, good juicy varietal sweetness with spice and a solid seamless structure.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    92

    Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says:

    Strong black fruit and licorice aromas here; there's richness and ripeness, complex spice and pepper too. The impressively structured palate has balance and measure, with aromas of blackberry leaf and raspberry fruit. Powerful yet measured palate articulated with plenty of tannin, a juicy and powerful wine with impressive weight and drive.

    The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
    96

    Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says:

    An excellent Rhoney style with delicious fruit, great balance and some pleasing complexity. With spicy, earthy and charcuterie-like undertones, its peppery aromas of blackberries and sweet cedar/vanilla oak precede a smooth palate of medium to full weight bursting with confiturai-like blackberry, dark cherry, dark plum-like fruit and knit With fine, bony, drying tannin. With chocolatey undertones! it's spicy and savoury, finishing with pleasing length and balance. While it's already very approachable, it will certainly age well.

    Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
    94

    Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says:

    Impeccable fresh blackberry aromas, lands full and rich, good juicy varietal sweetness with spice and a solid structure.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
    92

    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:

    Deep crimson-purple; a classy bouquet promises spicy black fruits and quality oak, which the medium- to full-bodied delivers in spades, with layers of flavour and perfect balance; right up there withpalatethe great '06

    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    96

    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says:

    The quality of this has risen so fast, and so consistently, that in five years or so it has become an established star. Melted velvet. It needs time to settle, but this will turn out to be a terrifically elegant, fine-boned wine. It tastes of blueberries, fennel roots, five-spice and cedarwood, though mostly it tastes of Class (note the capital C). The feel of this wine in your mouth is really quite something.

    The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
    96

    Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says:

    Stripes of musky oak and ripe red fruits, quite perfumed and lifted, this is a forthright, modem style, overlaid by attractive mocha-scented oak toast. The palate is elegant and direct with fine dark fruit and mineral flavours, tightly integrated, and finishes purposefully. Cellar-worthy.

    Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
    94

    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:

    Brilliant crimson; voluminous plum, black cherry and spice aromas, replayed on the very intense and focused palate, glorious length and linewhich has

    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    97

    Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says:

    Stylish, elegant and focused shiraz made in a smoky, savoury Rhone Valley style that highlights the spicy, meaty aspects of its dark cherry, plum, blackberry and blueberry flavours. Medium to full in weight, supported by fine, tight-knit tannins, it's dripping with dark fruits, backed by sweet chocolatey oak and revelling in its complex presence of clove, cinnamon, licorice and charcuterie meat-like complexity.

    Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
    94

    Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says:

    There was a time when the Adelaide Hills was seen as too cool for shiraz. Time, drought and more appropriate vineyard sites have changed all that. 2006 RELEASE This is the epitome of elegance and class, its spicy, meaty, cherried flavour firmly set by superfine tannins and presented within a context of intoxicating aromatics. Totally gorgeous. Complex and beguiling. DRINK 2012-2021.

    The Big Red Wine Book 2008
    96

    Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says:

    Impeccable fresh blackberry aromas, lands full and rich, good juicy varietal sweetness with spice and a solid seamless structure.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    94

    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says:

    Glassy, fine-grained, exuberant.

    The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
    96

    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:

    An unusually powerful wine for the region; highly focused and intense blackberry, licorice and spice flavours, yet no heat, over-extraction or dead fruit:

    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    95

    Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says:

    If you think the Adelaide Hills is a whites-only zone, you're missing some excellent pinots—and also, probably, the wonderful shiraz they now produce there. We've all become so used to the walloper style from McLaren Vale and the Barossa that we forgot just how interesting and just plain drinkable shiraz with a little more elegance can be. We were so wrong. This one is all spice, pepper and new leather with hints of black cherry, and much more.

    Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
    94

    Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says:

    A finely crafted shiraz with a slightly overcooked expression of meaty, currant-like plum and dark berry fruit tightly knit with smooth, fine-grained oak and tannin. It's briary and musky, with a confection-like aspect, some spirity warmth and a savoury finish. It would rate more highly with more mid-palate intensity and richness.

    Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007

    Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says:

    There was a time when the Adelaide Hills was seen as too cool for shiraz. Time, drought and more appropriate vineyard sites have changed all that. 2005 RELEASE Perfumed and delicate but bold too, its spicy, floral, blackberried grunt ably framed by chunky tannins. It all works seamlessly together, notes of black cherries, salami and black pepper delivered on a very smooth ride. DRINK 2012-2021.

    The Big Red Wine Book 2008
    95

    Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says:

    Impeccable fresh blackberry aromas, lands full and rich, good juicy varietal sweetness with spice and a solid seamless structure.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    93

    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says:

    Perfumed, bold and spicy.

    The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
    95

    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:

    Elegantly balanced and crafted; predominantly spicy red fruits, supported by fine, persistent tannins.

    Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
    94

    Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says:

    A meaty and fractionally jammy shiraz whose heady, musky perfume is laden with cassis, redcurrant and dark plum aromas over spicy undertones of pepper with cedar, vanilla and dark chocolate oak. Full to medium weight, It's smooth and sumptuous delivering a slightly cooked, meaty and savoury palate whose dark flavours of plums and berries are backed by assertive new oak and framed by firmish tannins.

    Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
    91

    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says:

    Rose, cherries, spice, length.

    The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
    94

    James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says:

    Fragrant and fresh aromas; light to medium-bodied, with juicy red fruits and touches of spice.

    Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005

    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2003 Vintage) says:

    Gamey, spicy, awkward.

    The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009

    James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says:

    Star anise, plum and blackberry aromas and flavours; fine, silky tannins; neatly balanced oak.

    Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
    94

    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2002 Vintage) says:

    Bright, peppery and pure.

    The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
    92
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