PRODUCER Established in 1989 by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW, Shaw + Smith's aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that stand among the best of their type in Australia. The wines are made exclusively from fruit grown in the Adelaide Hills, one of Australia's coolest and most exciting regions. Shaw + Smith specialise in grape varieties suited to cooler climates, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and also make outstanding wines from Shiraz and Pinot Noir.
VINEYARDS The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were sourced from the estate vineyards at Balhannah and Lenswood, complemented by fruit from a small number of highly valued growers.
VINIFICATION All the grapes were hand picked to ensure they were in pristine condition upon arrival at the winery, this reduced the risk of oxidation, resulting in less need for the use of SO2. Whole bunches were destemmed, crushed, chilled, gently pressed and fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel vats. The wine was matured on the lees for a short period and was bottled early under screwcap to retain crispness.
TASTING NOTES The 30th vintage of this wine has a distinct pink grapefruit flavour profile, mid-palate weight and texture and a fine acidity. Bright and aromatic, it has become known as a benchmark for Adelaide Hills and Australian Sauvignon Blanc.
|Grape Variety||Sauvignon Blanc|
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