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.
Typically it shows a pink grapefruit character, concentration and mid-palate texture, which reflect the carefully selected sites and hand harvesting during the small window of perfect ripeness. The 2020 vintage is precisely to style: distinct pink grapefruit, mid-palate weight and textural interest, held by fine acidity.
The familiar Shaw + Smith take on clean, lean Sauvignon Blanc continues to confidently champion a distinctive Adelaide Hills style rather than chase other more overt and pungent examples. The nose is full and ripe, more zesty grapefruit than gooseberry, with the slightest hintof cut lawn. The body is too slim to slide into tropical fruit territory, with its firm acidic spine keeping the citrus accent sharp and crisp. Friendly and self-assured, it’s a worthy dinner table companion. Rating: 93 Points; David Sly; Decanter
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