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 a propitiously situated vineyard at 500m, this plays a cool handed Luke of reductive gun flint tension, a faint whiff of apricot and nectarine, alongside a rivet of creamed cashew and nougat. Tight and febrile of energy, yet far from severe. This is a streamlined Chardonnay of the finest pedigree. Drink to: 2028; Price: $88.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2020; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
Light to mid-yellow colour, with a toasty, smoky oak barrel influence, the palate opening with elevated acidity and subtle but intense flavour. Acid drives the wine and it's very reserved, begging for more time. A difficult wine to evaluate at this time. There is excellent intensity and focus, tension and length. It's almost certain to turn out superbly, but right now, it's a little in its shell. Date Tasted: Oct 2020; Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
This single-vineyard bottling, from a super cool site, has a very tight-wound feel. The nose is really wound into reductive territory with flinty grapefruit and nectarine aromas, layered with almonds and oak spice. The palate has a very sleek, elegant feel and runs so, so long with such fresh white peaches and pithy lemons. Spiced-almond finish. Superb chardonnay here. Drink or hold. Date Tasted: July 2020; Rating: 97 Points; Nick Stock; James Suckling
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