Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2018
True to style with particular opulence and generosity alongside savoury, spicy complexity.
The first Shaw + Smith Shiraz was made in 2002 and has gone from strength to strength. Fragrant, intense, with medium-bodied elegance, it disproves the long held opinion that the Adelaide Hills area was too cool to ripen Shiraz.
Producer: Shaw + Smith
Region/Country: Adelaide Hills, Australia
Production Method: The grapes were hand picked and fermented as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working. The wine was aged in French oak for fourteen months, of which one third was new.
Style: Fragrant, intense, with medium-bodied elegance.
Pairing Suggestion: Charcuterie, grilled meats, vegetarian dishes
Profile: Labelling a wine as Syrah or Shiraz used to be indicative of origin however now tends to refer to style. Wines labelled as Syrah will be in the classic French style, medium bodied, blue fruited and showing lovely peppery spice whereas Shiraz tends to be fuller in body, with riper red and black fruit character indicating a warmer climate - the Australian style. The variety responds very well to oak maturation, adding tannic structure to the fruity frame, allowing for extreme ageability. It is also a very good blending grape, adding richness, fruit and structure.
Classic RegionsRhone Valley (France), Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale (Australia), Hawkes Bay (New Zealand)
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.