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Shaw + Smith is an alliance between cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill-Smith. Their aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that are outstanding examples of their type made from grapes grown in the Adelaide Hills. Shaw + Smith specialise in grape varieties suited to the cooler climate of the Adelaide Hills, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay & Shiraz.

From central and southern (the latter warmer) parts of the Adelaide Hills, hand-picked, part destemmed, part whole bunch, open-fermented with gentle plunging. The colour is bright, the bouquet full of red fruits, darker fruit notes and delicious pepper and spice nuances. These characters flow through to the medium-bodied palate of Shaw + Smith's most consistently outstanding wine, the '15 vintage making it seem so easy. Drink by: 2030; Price: $46.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

Deep, bright purple/red hue, the bouquet very fresh and loaded with blood plum, raspberry and black cherry aromas, with high notes of spice and subtle pepper. Excellent intensity of flavour, soft texture, seamless, with smooth gentle tannins and early accessibility. Oak is barely perceptible. A delicious wine in a modern, fresh, fruit-driven style. I'd love to see this again in a few years. Drink: 2017 to 2030; Price: $46.00; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review

The best shiraz yet under this label: deliciously intense with blood-plum, raspberry, black-cherry aromas with pepper and spice nuances. Marvellous richness and a soft-textured palate that is fruit-driven, with barely perceptible oak. Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke; Sydney Morning Herald

A leader of the Hills cool climate shiraz brigade, the S+S team source from increasingly higher altitude and cooler sites, select best clones, sort berries vigorously as well as using 40% whole bunches to achieve such a lithesome style, the perfume subtle and seductive to begin before a plump and peppery spiced, medium weight palate. Lip-smackingly delicious. Rating: ★★★★★ Tony Love; Taste 

Picked at the tail end of the season, from a moderate crop levels, the concentration of 2015 shiraz is apparent before your nose reaches the rim of the glass. There are dark fruits, a smoky sniff of meatiness and a shaving of graphite reminiscent of the northern Rhone. Weight and power on the palate is restrained by an elegant acidity. Soft, almost dusty spice and the taste of ripe plums and rhubarb extend for minutes after swallowing. Let stir-fried beef and black bean be your go-to for this one. Morgan Dunn; The Australian

 

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