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2014 Shaw and Smith Shiraz

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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.

Winemaker's Notes

Style: Shaw + Smith Shiraz is a medium bodied cool-climate Shiraz, in which balance is more important than power.

2014 Tasting note: The 2014 Shiraz is fresh and vibrant with red fruit aromas, and some dried herb notes. The palate shows bright fruit (cherry, raspberry and mulberry), a hint of dark chocolate and plenty of structure, with grippy tannins that build through to the finish.

Vintage: 2014 was not without its challenges, with small crops due to some unsettled weather during flowering. In mid-February a string of half a dozen hot days ended with a significant amount of rain over 24 hours. The following four weeks of dry, mild and sunny weather from late February was just what the vines needed, and the results are very exciting.

Source: From low yielding vines predominantly 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 and fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working – no berries were harmed during the making of this wine.

Maturation: Aged in French oak for fourteen months, of which one third was new – barriques and some larger format.

Food: Moroccan slow cooked lamb.

Ideal serving temperature: 16-18°C

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

History: The Adelaide Hills has now proven it can make truly exciting Shiraz. The key is careful site selection, low yields and restrained use of oak.

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2014 Shaw and Smith Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
One of Australia's best cool climate shirazes, low yields (especially in 2014) and site selection all-important. Hand picked, partial whole bunch and remainder whole berry open-fermented, matured in Frensh oak (33% new) for 14 months. A super-fragrant red cherry bouquet, with mulberry, licorice and plum notes joining the vibrant red fruits of the palate, backed by firm, precisely framed tannins.
Drink by 2030
96
Nick Stock (2014 Vintage) says
Bathed in brambly dark berry fruit aromas, there’s a streak of blueberry too, twirled up with clear whole bunch aromatics, some pepper, sappy notes and dark stony minerals. The palate’s crisp and fresh, with juicy red and blue berry fruits layered up through well-groomed tannins, baking spices, mocha and a fresh, juicy finish. Approachable now, best from 2018. Screw cap.
95
James Suckling (2013 Vintage) 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
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) 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.
By 2035
Wine Companion
97
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.
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.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
96
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.
2025
Australian Wine Companion 2012
96
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
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
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
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
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Glassy, fine-grained, exuberant.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
96
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
Perfumed, bold and spicy.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
95

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