2012 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc

12 x 750 ml Bottles | RRP: $29.00 $29.00 | Cracka Rating: 4/538


Producer: Shaw & Smith Type: White Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc Region: Adelaide Hills, SA


RRP: $23.00
Our Price: $14.99 /Bottle
Sold in cases of 12 bottles (750 ml)
Case Price: $179.88
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2012 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc CrackaWines James Halliday 96 Tyson Stelzer 93
  • Colour - Pale and bright, with great clarity.

    Bouquet - Aromas of pink grapefruit, with a hint of basil, underline the freshness that this wine has in abundance.

    Palate - On the palate the hallmarks of 2012 come the fore: intensity of fruit, length of flavour, and purity of varietal character. As always the style is a ripe expression of Sauvignon Blanc, reflected in the juicy midpalate texture. Bone dry and unoaked to maximize freshness.

    Cellaring - Shaw + Smith has a preference for young fresh Sauvignon Blanc, best drunk within 18 months of bottling.

    Service - Fresh prawn salad

    Winemaker - Martin Shaw and Darryl Catlin
    Cracka Wine Rating90
  • Colour - Pale and bright, with great clarity.

    Bouquet - Aromas of pink grapefruit, with a hint of basil, underline the freshness that this wine has in abundance.

    Palate - On the palate the hallmarks of 2012 come the fore: intensity of fruit, length of flavour, and purity of varietal character. As always the style is a ripe expression of Sauvignon Blanc, reflected in the juicy midpalate texture. Bone dry and unoaked to maximize freshness.

    Cellaring - Shaw + Smith has a preference for young fresh Sauvignon Blanc, best drunk within 18 months of bottling.

    Service - Fresh prawn salad

    Winemaker - Martin Shaw and Darryl Catlin
  • James Halliday says:

    Pale Straw-green; has the usual laser precision of this wine, amplified by the perfect growing season and low yields; the bouquet and palate hover between grapefruit and tropical aromas and flavours, the palate with excellent persistence and length. AustraliaÕs best Sauvignon Blanc.

    Best Drinking: To 2014
    96

    Tyson Stelzer says:

    Confession time. I wasn’t a big fan of the last two vintages of the Adelaide Hills’ most famous wine, eclipsed by the Chardonnay and Shiraz of the same estate. But the brand new 2012 is nothing less than stunning, returning to the classic purity that first put this wine on the map. Its citrus profile is spot on, spiced up with fresh passionfruit which lingers long on a soft, fine, mineral finish.

    Best Drinking: 2012 - 2013
    Wine Taste Special Edition 77 - Adelaide Hills Whites
    93

    Rob Geddes MW says:

    Detailed aromas with apple, pear, lime zest, low key cucumber and green capsicum, along with passionfruit aromatics. The palate has weight and texture with a silky glide, and green garden herbs flavours.

    Best Drinking: 2014
    Rob Geddes MW
    90

    Jeremy Oliver says:

    Finely made, with a dusty, nutty but largely fruit-driven presence of gooseberry, passionfruit and lychee flavours backed by a hint of grassiness. Its succulent, juicy and intensely flavoured palate reveals a hint of cassis and a broad, mouthfilling presence, but lacks its customary focus and clarity.

    Best Drinking: 2013-2014
    The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
    90

    James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says:

    Pale straw-green; the perfumed bouquet offers passionfruit, kiwi fruit and citrus aromas that set the scene for the palate, with a feline grace that would capture the most ardent despiser of sauvignon blanc. Mature vineyards and years of practice make this the most dependable Australian sauvignon blanc.

    Best Drinking: to 2014
    Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 2011
    96

    Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says:

    The 'tricky' vintage conditions tested all winemakers in the Adelaide Hills, but the experienced hands have delivered a strong result here. Plenty of lime citrus, some tropical fruits, melon and passionfruit, grassy elements and fresh-cut herbs - it's all here. The palate's crisp and composed, acidity holds fresh, and they've struck the right balance.

    Best Drinking: Now
    The Good Wine Guide
    91

    Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says:

    A tangy, lemony and leaner expression of this wine whose lightly floral, dusty and herbaceous bouquet of passionfruit, gooseberries and tropical notes lacks its usual intensity. It's forward and juicy, but despite a fine chalkiness, thins out towards a pithy, rather textured and drying finish.

    Best Drinking: 2011-2012+
    The Australian Wine Annual 2013
    88

    Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says:

    Reliably produces appealing ripe passionfruit flavours with good acidity and persistence that is more approachable than our trans-Tasman cousins.

    Best Drinking: 2013
    Rob Geddes MW
    88

    Campbell Mattinson (2010 Vintage) says:

    I rarely reach for sauvignon blanc but I always pop this when I see it; its lineage deserves it. Intense fruit flavour, flinty finish, good acid thrust and a finely orchestrated finish. This is a pretty impressive wine. It carries various flavours – lemons, grass, grapefruit, gunsmoke and maybe even Turkish delight – though everything narrows down to a crayon sharp conclusion. Fans of this label will be happy: it’s got impact, but it also shows its class.

    92

    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says:

    Practice makes perfect, as does attention to the most minute detail. Pale straw-green, it has a complex bouquet with notes of herb and lychee followed by an intense, tightly focused palate with a touch of kiwi fruit hiding behind the minerally acidity that binds the wine into a coherent whole.

    Best Drinking: 2012
    95

    Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says:

    Fresh, focused and fruit-driven, with a lightly herbaceous bouquet of melon, peach and gooseberries lifted by scents of white flowers and lavender. Long and supple, it's reserved and creamy, with a pristine, juicy presence of vibrant fruit culminating in a racy and persistent finish of surprisingly gentle acids.

    The Australian Wine Annual
    94

    Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says:

    Reliably produces appealing ripe passionfruit flavours with good acidity and persistence that is more approachable than our trans-Tasman cousins.

    Best Drinking: 2012
    Rob Geddes MW
    90

    Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says:

    Nice basil leaf and bright herbaceous fruit characters sitting across nicely captured citrus and tropical fruit aromas. The palate has a juicy, crisp style and very tidy, bright acidity holding everything in place, finishing with zesty, clean appeal.

    The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
    92

    Louise Radman (2009 Vintage) says:

    Punchy passionfruit & freshly cut lemongrass with mouthwatering acidity & a long, fruitful palate. Invigorating cool climate wine, a benchmark new world style.

    89

    James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says:

    Grass, herb and citrus aromas lead into a tightly focused and vibrant palate, where citrus fruit flavours and minerally acidity are Siamese twins joined from head to toe.

    Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
    96

    Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says:

    Reliably produces appealing ripe passionfruit flavours with good acidity and persistence that is more approachable than our trans-Tasman cousins.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    90

    Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says:

    A typically long and shapely sauvignon blanc with pleasing texture and varietal focus. Fresh aromas of honeydew melon, lime and gooseberries are backed by a hint of grassiness and a mineral note. Ripe and juicy, its vibrant palate of passionfruit, gooseberries, lychees and lime juice is underpinned by a mineral presence and punctuated by refreshing acidity.

    Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
    94

    Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says:

    Reliably produces appealing ripe passionfruit flavours with good acidity and persistence that is more approachable than our trans-Tasman cousins.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
    91

    Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says:

    Right on the money here again for these reliable Adelaide Hills makers: passionfruit, gooseberry, gentle citrus and cut grass. Elegant wild herb and passionfruit flavours, crisply textured and tangy, this is right in the zone.

    Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
    92

    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:

    Its flavour profile builds progressively through to a rich mid- and back-palate, with flavours in the tropical/gooseberry range; good length and balance, yet slightly disappointing.

    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    93

    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:

    Spotlessly clean herb, spice and mineral aromas; excellent balance, line and length building lemony flavour through to the finish.

    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    95

    Ken Gargett (2007 Vintage) says:

    Ever seen one of those wildlife documentaries where the old lion is challenged by some young whippersnapper that wants to rule the pride? Sometimes the old guy wins, sometimes he slinks off, beaten, and the narrator tells us in a sombre voice that it's basically curtains for old Leo. Well, this wine is the King Leo of the Aussie sauv blanc Serengeti—only so far, none of the upstarts have got close. Still going strong at the top.

    Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
    90

    Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says:

    A deeply flavoured, varietally correct and chalky wine whose lightly grassy expression of melon, citrus and gooseberry-like flavour offers plenty of length and brightness of fruit. It's round and juicy, long and powdery, and ties neatly together with a refreshingly crisp acidity. Pleasingly vibrant, varietal and focused.

    Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
    93

    Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says:

    Reliably produces appealing ripe passionfruit flavours with good acidity and persistence that is more approachable than our trans-Tasman cousins.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    92

    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:

    A super-fine, elegant and precise sauvignon blanc; passionfruit, spice, mineral and apple notes come and go repeatedly; a long, dry finish.

    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    94

    Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says:

    A juicy, smooth and generous sauvignon blanc whose heady aromas of fresh gooseberries, passionfruit and lychees reveal just a hint of grassiness. Very ripe, round and mouthfilling, its essence like palate of intense, pure fruit finishes with lingering soft acids. Just lacks the shape and bite for a higher score.

    Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
    90

    Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says:

    Reliably produces appealing ripe passionfruit flavours with good acidity and persistence that is more approachable than our trans-Tasman cousins.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    91

    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:

    Ultra-pure and refined wine; intense but elegant palate, with tangy, lemony acidity, and a lingering, dry finish.

    Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
    95

    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:

    Spotlessly clean; no reduction ex ferment or screwcap; some mid-palate gooseberry fruit; very good balance and length. Better than the vast majority from this vintage.

    Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
    93

    Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says:

    Herbal lightly sweaty aromas of gooseberries and lychees before a juicy, fleshy but reasonably elegant palate of restrained but vibrant passionfruit-like varietal flavours. Creamy and soft, it finishes with moderate length and freshness. Just lacks the cut and polish for a higher score.

    Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
    91

    Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says:

    Dusty, leafy aromas of capsicum, gooseberries and lychees with smoky undertones, before a juicy, slippery palate whose forward varietal fruit becomes a little broad, sweaty and fatty, lacking its customary tightness.

    Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
    88

    James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says:

    Clean, fresh and crisp; no hint of reduction as in 2002; flows evenly through to a long finish, with excellent varietal fruit expression in a sweeter spectrum.

    Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
    94

    James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says:

    Light straw-green; complex passionfruit and gooseberry aromas seem to have a faint hint of reduction lurking in the background; the palate shows no signs of any reduction, with good persistence to the complex fruit.

    Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
    91

    James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says:

    Pale straw-green; an intensely fragrant bouquet offers a mix of passionfruit, kiwifruit and gooseberry, followed by a crisp and lively palate with good length and acidity. Must be one of the best, if not the best, Sauvignon Blancs from the 2001 vintage.

    Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
    94

    James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says:

    Light green-yellow; the bouquet is light but fragrant, with a mix of gooseberry and more minerally notes. A perfectly weighted and balanced wine on the palate, with flavours tracking those of the bouquet and good length.

    Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
    93

    James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says:

    Light green-yellow; the bouquet offers light, crisp mineral and grassy aromas but no sweet fruit. While the wine is very competently crafted, it struggles to do more than soothe the palate. A difficult vintage

    Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
    86

    James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says:

    Light green-yellow; a light, fresh tangy bouquet which is crisp, with muted herbaceous/asparagus aroma. The palate is spotlessly clean and utterly correct, again more in the herbaceous end of the spectrum than the tropical.

    Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
    88
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