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The 2012 has lovely fresh aromatics of red berries, which is followed on the palate by intense pure fruit notes including raspberry and blueberry. The palate is long and layered, with ample fine tannins, and background notes of clove and black pepper.
 
Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge 2014, London.
 
2012 has given birth to one of the great Shaw + Smith Shirazes, and one of the benchmarks of the Adelaide Hills. Finely textured and immaculately poised, fleshy black cherries, black plums and liquorice unite in an elegantly medium-bodied style accented with layers of black pepper and game, reinforced by a small influence of whole bunch fermentation. Finely textured tannin structure and outstanding persistence point to a confident future. Rating: 96 Points; Tyson Stelzer
 
2012 Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz Once again this wine delivers plenty. It’s very rich in flavour an deep in colour, reflecting the vintage, but it’s still vibrant and very expressive. There’s a touch of spice and the tannins are fine, but the great strength of the wine is its long silky palate. Rating: Outstanding; Lester Jesberg
 
Shaw and Smith started in 1989 and has runs on the board aplenty but its best is yet ahead of it. It is building to be a classic Australian wine producer. This 2012 shiraz release adds to that impression. It feels so plush in the mouth. And yet so elegant. And yet so tannic. Generous but bright. Has some pepper. Cherry plum. Oak polishes it up beautifully. Tannin makes a firm strike but then curls out through the finish. Beautifully presented Adelaide Hills shiraz, in all respects. Clean, spicy, fruit-driven, firm. Alcohol : 13.5%; Price : $44; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2017 - 2024+Rated : 94+ Points; The Wine Front
 
Shaw and Smith are arguably best known for their quintessential expression of Sauvignon Blanc and their layered and complex M3 Chardonnay, however their Shiraz continues to impress and highlights the subtlety and fruit driven nature of the best Australian cool climate Shiraz. The 2012 Shiraz was sourced from Balhannah and Macclesfield vineyards with yield's being lower than average, which is certainly evident in the finished wine given the intense red and blue fruit characters. In terms of colour the wine is a medium red with youthful purple hues towards the rim, the nose gives crushed raspberry and savoury cherry fruits that are backed by a suggestion of oak. The palate highlights the fruit driven nature and sheer concentration of the wine, tightly bound and structured red berry fruits are completed by integrated drying tannins; another dimension is added by baking spices and a touch of liquorice on the finish. This wine is just a baby and given time in the bottle will continue to develop secondary characters. A superb wine. Rating: 95 Points; Reviewed by Patrick Eckel; Purchased Grapes
 
For my money, this has become one of the more anticipated Australian releases each calendar year. The 2006 and 2010 vintages were excellent and this is of a similar standard. When it shows a little black and white pepper you pretty much know it’s on song. Medium-bodied and in a cool climate mode. Violets, raspberry, roast beef and some blue fruits. Dark chocolate and clove oak is already swallowed up. Lithe but not skinny. Proportioned might be the word for it. A seam of mineral acidity and the kind of tight, assertive tannin I wish we saw more of in this country’s Shiraz wines. The score is probably conservative and may need to be revised in three to five years time. It should live quite a bit longer than that as well. Region: Adelaide Hills; Alcohol: 13.5%; Closure: Screwcap; Price: $44; Tasted: November 2013; Rating: 94 Points; Jeremy Pringle
 
Aromas of flowers, peppery spice, summer berry pudding, and barely there oak herald a silky palate of real concentration. Finely tuned backbone of tannins. (Screw cap; 13.5%) Value Good; Ageing? Yes, two to 10 years. Food ideas Beef fillet; roasted vegetables with cous cous, toasted almonds and dried fruit. Rating: 94 Points; Ralph Kyte-Powell; The Age

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