Beautiful, medium bodied Pinot showing broad spectrum red fruits, savoury spice and supple tannins.
Delicate and fragrant, but deceptive power and firm tannins, this has perfumes of juicy cranberries, cinnamon and bergamot, wiht rhubarb over a savoury core. Site selection, miniscule yields and fastidious vineyard management are essential to its success.
Producer: Shaw + Smith
Region/Country: Adelaide Hills, Australia
Grape/s: Pinot Noir
Production Method: Grapes were hand picked, destemmed and lightly crushed into two tonne open fermenters. Pre-fermentation maceration lasted four to five days with hand plunging five to six times per day during fermentation. Malolactic fermentation and maturation took place in French oak barriques, of which 25% was new.
Style: Red fruit aromas in the red cherry and redcurrant spectrum carry through onto the palate. A medium bodied style
Pairing Suggestion: Game and poultry dishes
Variety: Pinot Noir
Profile: Known as the Heartbreak grape owing to its tumultuous nature in the vineyard. Pinot Noir is best suited to cooler regions, including most famously Burgundy in France where it produces the most sought after and expensive wines in the world. Thin skinned and early ripening, Pinot is a very transparent variety, capable of showing subtle differences in terroir and pronounced regional character. Flavours found in young Pinot include raspberries, strawberries, cherries and violets; with time these evolve into a bouquet often reminiscent of game, liquorice and autumnal undergrowth.
Classic Regions: Burgundy, Loire Valley, Alsace (France), Baden, Ahr (Germany), Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula (Australia), Walker Bay (South Africa), Russian River Valley, Oregon (USA)
Shaw + Smith
Shaw + Smith began over a long lunch in 1989 when cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith decided to realise a long-held dream to make wine together. Their vision remains to make exciting, refined wines, exclusively from the Adelaide Hills, that rank among Australia's best. The winemaking dream team consists of Martin Shaw and senior winemaker Adam Wadewitz, one of Australia's brightest winemaking talents.