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.
Vibrant purple-black; seduces with swathes of dark cherries dipped in kirsch, florals, ferrous and woodsy spices, with toasty oak sewn to the shape of the fuller-bodied palate. Everything is in its place, creating an immaculate whole - the fine-grained tannins, the length, the freshness and detail. It's polished and totally convincing. Drink to: 2028; Price: $46.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday
Shaw + Smith Shiraz hits the jackpot. Cracking shiraz. Pure, ripe, spicy, bold, long, savoury: the lot. Exquisitely well set with tannin. Blue, black and red berries. Crushed dry leaves, not to mention spices. Cloves. Cured meats. Fruit and then more. It’s a beauty. It finishes like a kite in a stiff steady breeze; it just wants to go and go and go. Tasted: Dec 18; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $49; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019 - 2032+; Rated: 96 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Cracking shiraz. Pure, ripe, spicy, bold, long, savoury: the lot. Exquisitely well set with tannin. Blue, black and red berries. Crushed dry leaves, not to mention spices. Cloves. Cured meats. Fruit and then more. It's a beauty. It finishes like a kite in a stiff steady breeze; it just wants to go and go and go. Rating: 96 Points; John Lewis
Deepish red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is slightly vegetal and humus-like, with spice and 'forest floor' touches. The palate is intense and deep, concentrated and dense, without special elegance but an appealing fruit-sweet middle. There are some whole-bunch hints. A big, brawling baby with lashings of tannins and abundant grip. It needs more time. It lacks this wine's customary spicy aromatic lift and grace, but certainly packs a punch. Drink: 2020 to 2036; Price: $49.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
2016 Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz A beautifully constructed, multifaceted red which combines dark cherry varietal character with spiciness, whole-bunch inputs and a caress of oak. This is an utterly brilliant wine. Five Stars. Winewise
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