Shaw & Smith Shiraz 2017

$54.21 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

“2015 was an outstanding year, but it was more opulent in terms of this wine. We’re working with less vineyards from the warmer parts of the Hills, and moving to the cooler parts generally”, says winemaker Adam Wadewitz.

This exceptional Shiraz illustrates why the Shaw + Smith wines are multi-award winners. A medium-bodied red, it demonstrates the beauty in balance over power. Fresh red berries including raspberry and blueberry are flavoured with notes of clove and black pepper. The palate is long and layered with elegantly fine grained tannins. Pair it with a wagyu burger with bacon, gruyere cheese and pickle.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Shiraz/Syrah
Country Australia
Region Adelaide Hills
Brand Shaw & Smith
Vintage 2017

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 www.adelaidehillswine.com.au 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.

twf91

The Wine Front – Opens with game meat, ripe red berry, clove and cinnamon spice, a whiff of pot pourri/old rose petal floral character. Sloshes through the palate nicely, crisp edged too so it’s not overwhelming in generousity, almost prickly with peppery spice, touch of herbal character, suggestions of whole bunch perhaps, and then darkish fruits.

jh96

James Halliday – Has established a consistent reputation as one of Australia’s best cool climate shirazs, low yields and site selection all-important. Handpicked, partial whole bunch and remainder whole berry open-fermented, matured in French oak (33% new) for 14 months. A super-fragrant red cherry bouquet, with notes of mulberry, licorice and plum joining the vibrant red fruits of the palate, backed by firm, precisely framed tannins.

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