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Shaw & Smith

www.shawandsmith.com

Lot 4, Jones Rd, Balhannah, 54242

Cellar Door: Weekends (11-4)

Ph: (08) 8398 0500

 

Shaw & Smith cellar
Shaw & Smith cellar door
shaw and smith label

Shaw and Smith is one of the region’s leading lights. It is a partnership between winemaker Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith, a Master of Wine. In the early days they were contract winemakers using Petaluma’s facilities.

Now they have a 40 ha vineyard at Balhannah and a state of the art winery. The wines are also state of the art. The M3 Chardonnay is one of Australia’s iconic Chardonnays while the Sauvignon Blanc is perhaps the best expression so far of the region’s potential with this variety. The intense Rieslings and elegant Shirazes are usually pretty good. More recently the Adelaide Hills offerings are supplemented by Pinot Noir from the Tolpuddle Vineyard in Southern Tasmania,

The attractively located cellar door now offers a $10 ‘flights’ (an idea from US cellar doors) where you get decent sizes tasting samples, a comprehensive educational package on the wines plus some decent cheeses and crackers.

shaw and smith tasting
Shaw & Smith cellar door tasting involves a $10 flight
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Shaw and Smith Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($46)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, quite fragrant and long showing red cherry and strawberry with anise, rose petal and blueberry florals, sweet fruited and medium bodied with forest floor undertones and assertive vanilla/clove oak, firm acid counterpoint (****)

Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay 2013

Purchased:† Not ($42)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014,vibrant peach, lemon curd and melon with mealy notes, tautly structured with a powdery spine, creamy and spicy vanilla/ginger oak, tangy orange peel acidity (****1/2)

Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Purchased:† Not ($27)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, fresh lime zest and passionfruit with youthful banana esters, a hint of nettle, basil and gunflint notes, a spine of refreshing quinine-like minerality, good length, will be better with some more age to let the esters settle down (****)

Shaw and Smith Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased:† Not ($48)

Drink:

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, fragrant sweetly fruited red cherry with rose petal, anise and white pepper notes, glycerolly and medium bodied with earth and forest floor undertones, vibrant acidity provides the length,† the toasty cedar/vanilla/clove oak is a bit overt at moment (****)

Shaw and Smith Shiraz 2013

Purchased:† Not ($44)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, essency blackcurrant, boysenberry and ripe plums with black pepper notes and violet florals, the medium-full bodied palate becomes more gamy and herbally on the second half and is underpinned with red earth and grainy tannins (****)

Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay 2013

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, barrel ferment and partial malo, aromatic and slightly forward honeydew melon, white peach and lime with mealy complexity and a hint of apricot, creamy and brightly flavoured palate with fresh lemony acidity and fine, dusty phenolics (***1/2)

Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Melb ($27)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2014, whole bunch pressed, stainless steel ferment, vibrant passionfruit, blackcurrant and lime with some basil and flint notes, minimal grassiness reflecting the warm vintage, quinine mineral spine with powdery phenolics, tangy pink grapefruit finish, precise with very good length (****1/2)

Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2013, barrel fermented with partial malo, perfumed and generous showing ripe and waxy nectarine, white peach and lime with mealy complexity, fresh cut of grapefruit rind acidity keeps things moving, integrated toasty hazelnut-vanilla-clove oak is not too overt (****1/2)

Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2013, whole bunch pressed, stainless steel ferment, vibrant and moderately grassy passionfruit, blackcurrant and lime with basil and flint notes, minerally with powdery phenolic grip, lively grapefruit acid spine, the commercial flagship for South Australian Sauvignon Blanc has its usual balance and focus, has good concentration without the pungency of the Marlborough Savvies (****1/2)

Shaw and Smith Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2013, there was no 2011 release, destemmed, MV6 and 777 clones, aromatic and fleshy red cherry and redcurrant, with violet florals, anise and a dusting of asian spices and earthiness, good varietal expression and line with fine tannins and a touch of acid grip, the toasty oaking is discrete, the vines hit 12 years old this vintage and are starting to express greater complexity (****)

Shaw and Smith Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($44)

Drink: N/A

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, pre-release tasting, I donít think I have ever tasted their Shiraz at this early stage but it is packed with mulberry, dark cherry and dark plum with a wash of roast meat, pepper and savoury notes, plump and deep set fruit with a touch of ironstone, the toasty cinnamon/cedar/vanilla oak is more overt and raw but thereís no reason to expect it wonít be as good as the 2010 in a couple of years, Iím presuming there is no 2011 due to the wet vintage (N/R)

Shaw and Smith Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2022+

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, aromatic, rich and silky showing mouth-filling blueberries, dark plums and boysenberry with gamy complexity, pepper and violet florals, attractive ironstone minerals running through the medium bodied palate, well integrated spicy cinnamon/clove oak, this was first vintage since the end of run of semi-drought vintages in Adelaide Hills and it shows in the quality of the fruit (*****)

Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, multi-clonal blend of 110V1, Bernard 95 and Bernard 76, the first of the post-drought vintages, quite fragrant, generous and silky showing nectarine, white peach, fig and lime with mealy complexity and tangy grapefruit rind acidity, toasty hazelnut-vanilla-clove oak inputs, the acid backbone provides drive and focus (****1/2)

Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, whole bunch pressed, stainless steel ferment but is in the restrained, minerally style of recent releases, lightly grassy passionfruit, lychee and lime with some garden herb notes, flint and a touch of phenolic grip, tangy grapefruit acidity, elegant, well balanced and focussed (****1/2)

Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, a delicious, well balanced and silky Rhone-style showing blackberry, dark cherry and dark plum with roast meat, pepper and savoury notes, plump and deep set fruit, lingering fine grained tannins with toasty cinnamon/cedar/vanilla oak (****1/2)

Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2010, has an intensely grassy and tropical fruit nose but the palate is in the more refined barrel ferment/lees textured style of the most recent releases, creamy and herbal lychee and passionfruit with a touch of pink grapefruit and blackcurrant, finishes with minerally lemon acidity, good length and focus (****)

Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, from MV6 and 777 clones, silky, tight and medium bodied but there is restrained power showing spicy red cherry and strawberry with underlying earthiness and emergent autumn leaves notes, the spine of vibrant acidity and tannic grip befits a wine that really needs some medium term cellaring to open up (****)

Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, blend from vineyards at Macclesfield and Balhannah, smooth and spicy black cherry, baked plum and redcurrant with black pepper, anise and graphite notes, medium-full bodied and glycerolly palate with a spine of grainy tannins with chocolate/cedar/vanilla oak, some slight impact of the late severe heatwave on the fruit definition but the vineyards were high enough to evade the worst that afflicted other South Australian regions (****)

Shaw and Smith M3 Vineyard Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($37)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, multi-clonal blend (110V1), Bernard 95 and Bernard 76, a little riper on the entry than usual with extreme March heatwave bringing forward picking but still a gloriously long, fragrant, savoury and polished wine, nectarine, white peach and melon with some sappy stonefruit and citrus rind acidity plus wheatmeal and light smoky nuances, discrete vanilla-clove oak inputs (****1/2)

Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, inspired by Northern Rhone styles, some input from the warmer Macclesfield area of the region, surprisingly intense and well structured given the spring frosts and hot vintage, medium bodied and spicy blackcurrant, black cherry, raspberry and liquorice with a pleasingly savoury and earthy mid-palate, tightly knit chassis of fine tannins with a dab of chocolate on the finish (****1/2)

Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: By the glass at National Wine Centre but bottle retails for around $28

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, long and grassy with melon, tropical fruit and blackcurrant, talcy minerality although there is much more primary fruit showing than the last couple of vintages, lemon sherbert finish wrapped in tangy grapefruit acidity, this 20th vintage sits between the Ďtexturalí mineral-dominated recent style and the intensely fruited style prior to that (****)

Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Riesling 2008

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, a near perfect mild vintage until the heatwave began just before harvest, delicate, dry and taut green apple and lime, plenty of flinty minerality with a persistent slaty finish, balanced zesty citric acids, the best Shaw and Smith Riesling I have tried so far (****)

Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2008, continues the stylistic shift of the 2007 vintage towards a delicate, minerally style, guava, melon and tropical fruits, talcy texture, underpinned with nicely focussed lemon acids, controlled herbaceous and cut grass notes (****)

Shaw and Smith M3 Vineyard Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, yellow-green colour, restrained melon, nectarine and pear flavours, subtle malolactic and vanilla-clove oak influence adds texture without diminishing the minerally and stonefruit acid backbone, the usual impeccable line, length and oak handling (****1/2)

Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, ripe and tangy tropical fruit, passionfruit and gooseberry, lacking usual intensity but the pleasing flinty minerality and herbal lemon grass and green pea aspects comes more to the fore, more Sancerre than Adelaide Hills, impeccable line (****1/2 )

Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, poor fruit set due to the unusually wet and windy Spring, delicate lime, lemon blossom and apple aromas, tight and steely palate with light acid dry finish (***1/2)

Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, From north facing block of Balhannah Vineyard planted with MV6 and 777 clones, very heavily crop thinned, strawberry and sour cherry aromas with clove features, spicy light-medium bodied palate, unobtrusive oak, silky tannins (***1/2)

Shaw & Smith Adelaide Hills Sauvigon Blanc 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, quite pale colour, intense and tangy flavours showing tropical fruit and lime flavours that slide into an unusual blackcurrant climax on the mid-palate, minerally, dry finish with harmonious acidity, one of Australia’s best of this type of Sauv Blac (****1/2)

Shaw & Smith M3 Vineyard Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, best drunk close to room temperature, elegant melon, nectarine and pear flavours, subtle malolactic and oak influence adds yeast and nutty complexity without diminishing the minerally backbone, terrific line and length (****1/2)

Shaw & Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, well balanced, black cherry and mulberry with violet, black pepper and black olive features, elegant, medium bodied style, fine chalky tannins, only faulted by a twitch of sulphur on the finish (***1/2)