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2016 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

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This is arguably Australia’s greatest Sauvignon Blanc and Shaw and Smith have consistently managed to re-create it every vintage to show that the Adelaide Hills is one of the best places to grow Sauvignon. It zings with passionfruit and citrus and demonstrates a less herbaceous approach than its Kiwi counterparts. The palate delivers intense grapefruit and citrus with a lovely texture and zesty acids on the finish.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2016 vintage is precisely to style: distinct pink grapefruit, mid-palate weight and textural interest, held by fine acidity.

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2016 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2016 Vintage) says
What can be said of Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc that hasn’t already been said? This release is squeaky clean, has a textural element, bursts with tropical and lemongrass-like fruit flavour and finishes soundly. It paints the picture in clean, clear lines; it keeps things accessible but it keeps the standards high too. In short, this release is as reliable as ever.
91
The Wine Front (2015 Vintage) says
“A cracking vintage in the Hills”, says winemaker Adam Wadewitz, “I usually like complaining about vintages, but there was nothing I could point my finger at in 2015. Kind start to season, yields were modest, really low stress. A unique vintage in that winemakers were happy and grape growers were happy”. Something to consider; arguably Australia’s most well-known sauvignon blanc is a dry wine too. A real success story. Super perfume. Nettle scents, talc, gin and tonic whiffs. Really pleasing start. Anchors you in. Clean, crisp, long in flavour, just a bit of chalkiness to texture but a smooth, slick glide of gently sweet-sour fruit is the key, finishing with squeaky acidity. It’s refreshing, moreish, easy to drink. Touch of class, but best of all is its drinkability. Go forth.
Mike Bennie - WineFront
92
Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) 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.
2012 - 2013
Wine Taste Special Edition 77 - Adelaide Hills Whites
93
Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) 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.
2014
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) 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.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
96
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012
Australian Wine Companion 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.
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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