Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2019

$31.82 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

Many people view this wine as Australia’s premier sauvignon blanc, and, given this release, they have a strong argument. It’s very pure, with ripe varietal characteristics of gooseberry, lantana blossom and lime. The well balanced palate is bursting with flavour and life.

Expert Reviews

  • Jennifer Jagielski

    Widely hailed as Australia’s benchmark sauvignon blanc, with cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith fine tuning its style to perfection over the wine’s 28 successive vintages from Adelaide Hills fruit. Fresh, aromatic and pure grapefruit characters are the essence of a truly inviting palate experience.

    Sunday Telegraph, 15 October 2017

  • Tony Love

    Australia’s benchmark cool climate sauvignon blanc that’s always worth a check-in at new vintage release time to keep up with any subtle stylistic or vintage variations. Aromatically, we see its tempered varietal tropical and subtle passionfruit notes mingle with more grapefruit characters typical of the Hills’ best complexities, and while naturally tangy – this year with an exciting brightness – there’s also a pleasing food-friendly light-to-mid-weight palate feel, adding to the new-season thrills. 4.5 Stars

    The Herald Sun, 30 August 2017

  • Des Houghton

    The 2017 vintage has just arrived and it is outstanding. A wine buff I know rates it as the country’s best sauv blanc and not bad value. This edition has intense aromatics without the rasping texture of many of its Kiwi cousins. And it is free of over herbaceous notes.

    Courier Mail, Brisbane, 11 September 2017

  • Toni Paterson MW

    A wine of charm, purity and class. Light and delicate fruit flavours of pear, star fruit and gentle passionfruit. Beautiful restraint and extremely well-made. One of Australia’s favourites for a reason. 93.5 Points

    The Real Review, 27 September 2017

  • New Releases

    Typically it shows a pink grapefruit character, concentration and mid-palate texture, which reflect the carefully selected sites and hand harvesting during the small window of perfect ripeness.

    National Liquor News, August 2017

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Sauvignon Blanc
Country Australia
Region Adelaide Hills
Brand Shaw & Smith
Vintage 2019

Adelaide Hills

The Adelaide Hills is one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia, and amongst the most diverse in terms of climate, soil and topography. Because of this, many different varietals are planted here with the most dominant being Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. It is generally thought of as a cooler region, especially when compared to neighbouring Barossa to the north and Mclaren vale and Langhorne Creek to the south.

NZ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has been popular in Australia for a while now, but Adelaide hills Sauvignon Blanc (the most planted grape in the region) could be considered the Aussie Savvy Blanc. From about their Sauvignon Blanc: “Wines that are textured, edgy, vibrant and dry with exceptional fruit definition, length and crispness that marry superbly with summer seafood.”

You can also find some cool climate shiraz from the Adelaide hills, defying the more common big bold style that is usually seen in Australian Shiraz.


The Wine Front – 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.


James Halliday

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