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  • Perfumed and delicate with silky tannins
  • Light to medium bodied but with deceptive power
  • Gold Medal - Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2016

Tasting Notes

Colour Ruby-Red
Nose Bright nose, really fragrant – juicy cranberries, cinnamon and bergamot.
Palate On the palate there is lots of rhubarb and earl grey tea on top of a savoury core – cured meats, stem, sap, and spice. Nice acid cut and grippy tannins.
Food Pairing Charcuterie.
Cellaring 10-15 Years
Notes Produced using sustainable practices. Suitable for vegans.
Variety Pinot Noir
Body Light - Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2015
Region Adelaide Hills
Country Australia
Sustainability None
Alcohol 14.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Shaw + Smith
Shaw + Smith was established in 1989 by cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill-Smith MW after having a long held dream of making wine together. It was identified as a leading producer of Sauvignon Blanc by the time they acquired a 42ha property at Woodside, in the Adelaide Hills region. In 1999, Martin and Michael bought a 36ha property in Balhannah, building the attractive winery in 2000 and planting more Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Riesling.

Shaw + Smith's winery is considered as the benchmark for winery improvements in Adelaide Hills. In 2002, a new bottling line was set up, guaranteeing full control of every aspect of production - from grape berry to bottle.
Adelaide Hills
Famous for their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir, the viticulture of this region was re-established in 1979 but grapes were planted locally as early as 1839. During the last three decades, Adelaide Hills has emerged as one of Australia’s most exciting cool climate wine region, being known to produce elegant, distinct, sophisticated wines. Located in the Mount Lofty Ranges and only a 30 minute drive from Adelaide, this region is home not only to over 90 wine labels and 48 cellar doors, but also to multiple forests, beef and dairy farms, apple and pear orchards.

Known to be one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia, the Adelaide Hills are made up of two registered sub regions: Lenswood and Piccadilly Valley. These narrow band of hills stretch across to be approximately 70 km long and 30 km wide and border Barossa and Eden Valleys to the North and McLaren Vale to the South.

The climate of this region is considerably cooler compared to other wine regions in the summer, due to the altitudes of the vineyards being 400-700 meters high. The cooler drier climate produces grapes with ideal fruit composition, creating the perfect balance of flavour and acidity.
Gourmet Traveller Wine
2015 is a new level for this wine, due to high-altitude grape sourcing and a high percentage of whole bunches in the ferment. Root-vegetables aromas among the cherry notes, which the wine has the concentration and power to accomodate. Outstanding.

Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Magazine, April 2017
Nick Stock
A lighter, more pure and elegant expression from Shaw + Smith in 2015, this has bright cherry compote and fresh cherry, spiced strawberries, pastry-like and biscuity savory notes, gently meaty and peppery too, this has plenty of complexity and yet shows the purity of fruit very clearly, nicely delivered. Blue fruits as well as rose-like perfume, very subtle oak here. The palate has supple and fleshy fruit, tannins are fine and even, really sweet spices that are worked into the heart of the fruit, red cherry stone finish, very even, long and fired along by crystaline, vibrant acidity. This is their best pinot to date. Drink now and for 6+ years.
Huon Hooke
A very fine wine, smoky and cherry-ish, subtle and delicate. The finish is strawberry, raspberry and sappy - less chunky than many Adelaide Hills pinots. Lovely freshness and finesse rather than brute power. Possibly the best of this line to date. (Majority Lenswood fruit)

Drink 2017 to 2023


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