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Shaw & Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills 2010

Shaw & Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills 750ml 2010       
Sku: 1789545*

In 1989, cousins Martin Shaw, winemaker, and Michael Hill Smith, Australia’s first Master of Wine established Shaw and Smith. They produce cool-climate wines from Adelaide Hills in South Australia. Their first vintage, a 1990 Sauvignon Blanc was made from purchased fruit. The partners bought the 104 acre M3 Vineyard at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills in 1993 and over the next two years planted Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The soils are sandy loam over red-yellow clay with some shale. In 1999 Martin and Michael purchased the 114 acre Balhannah Vineyard and planted Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Soils are composed of sandy loam with underlying layers of red clay mixed with quartzite and shale. Shaw and Smith has developed a reputation as an artisanal producer of some of Australia’s finest wines.

Tasting notes
The fruit from Macclesfield grows in a warmer climate, which lends structure and richness, while the fruit from Balhannah contributes spiciness and perfume. It has an intense color, pepper-spice flavors and great intensity.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 91 points (Feb 2013)
Deep garnet purple colored, the 2010 Shiraz has aromas of warm black berries, blueberry preserves and licorice with an undercurrent of cloves and menthol. Medium to full bodied, it offers taut, muscular black fruits and baking spice flavors on the palate with a solid backbone of medium level grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing long. Drink it now to 2017+.
 Wine Spectator 91 points (Sep 19 2012)
A bit less dense than most Shiraz, showing dark cherry and berry flavors, with savory pepper and mineral notes weaving through the finish. Tannins have some bite, but cellaring should soften that. Best from 2015 through 2020.H.S.

Technical notes
Hand-picked bunches sourced from the Adelaide Hills around Macclesfield Vineyard and low yielding Shiraz from Balhannah Vineyard were crushed, destemmed and placed into small fermentors. Fermented in small batches, the fruit was regularly punched down and pumped over to extract color, flavor and tannins. The wine matured for 14 months in new and neutral French oak barriques.

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Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Sub-Region: Mounty Lofty Ranges
Appellation: Adelaide Hills
Grape Varietal: Syrah
Type: Still wine
 
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