PL Award 1: SILVER - IWC 2016
Country: Australia Region: South Australia Vintage: 2014
Category: White Wine Varietal: Chardonnay
Producer: Shaw + Smith
"Shaw + Smith began over a long lunch in 1989 when cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith decided to realise a long held dream to make wine together. Their vision remains to make exciting, refined wines exclusively from the Adelaide Hills that rank among Australia's best. The wines are made from a number of sites throughout the
Adelaide Hills. They specialise in grape varieties suited to the cooler climate, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz.
The Sauvignon Blanc is sourced predominantly from their own vineyards at Woodside and Balhannah, where the soils are shallow, red/brown loam over schist and clay. The
original M3 vineyard was sold, and subsquently the grapes for this wine is now a selection of the estate's best fruit, a great deal of which now comes from Lenswood, a high altitude vineyard they purchased in 2012. This is one of the reasons why M3 has taken such a leap forward in quality in recent years. For the Shiraz, the warmer sub-area of Macclesfield gives structure and richness, while the cooler Balhannah vineyard contributes spiciness and perfume.
The single vineyard 'Balhannah' Shiraz is from a close planted north-facing block behind the winery. They included plenty of whole bunches in the ferment and aged it in 500 litre French oak puncheons. The result is a fragrant, intense and lively cool climate Shiraz. This is now joined by a single vineyard Chardonnay from their Lenswood vineyard. Planted in 1999, this 20 hectare vineyard is situated at about 500 metres above sea level. The cooler nights at such an altitude (this is the highest of all Shaw + Smith's vineyards) gives the wines from this site a characteristic steeliness. The age and steeliness combine in this stunning single vineyard wine.
The Lenswood vineyard has also provided a boost to the Pinot Noir. The more perfumed fruit, blended with grapes from the winery block, give a wine from 2013 that is a huge step up on anything they have produced before. No wonder it won a Gold medal at the 2015 International Wine Challenge.
The winemaking dream-team consists of Martin Shaw and senior winemaker Adam Wadewitz, one of Australia's brightest winemaking talents. They work closely with viticulturalist Murray Leake, who succeeded Ray Guerin when he retired in 2015. Ray continues to consult. Their wines show wonderful varietal definition, particularly in the depth and spectrum of flavour, natural acid balance and overall finesse. There is an excitement about each of the Shaw + Smith wines that has made them one of the most successful producers in our portfolio."
Product Features: Sustainable;Vegan;Vegetarian
Product Allergens: Sulphites Label
Winemaker: Martin Shaw & Adam Wadewitz
Sourced exclusively from Block 4 at Shaw + Smith's picturesque Lenswood property. The vineyard is mature (planted in 1999) and reaches 500 metres above sea level. The site has always shown potential for a single site wine and in 2014 the ambition was realised with the first release. This followed significant investments to improve the vineyard since its acquisition by Shaw + Smith in 2012.
Bunches were chilled overnight, whole-bunch pressed, then fermented in new and used French oak puncheons. This was followed by a further 10 months in barrel with gentle stirring and minimal working.
A Chardonnay with much finesse that reflects the conditions of the vintage and the character of a unique vineyard site. The 2014 is true to style, typified by good concentration of flavour which comes as a result of the season's lower yields.
Food Suggestion: Pomegranate ceviche of kingfish and salmon.
Closure: Stelvin ABV: 12.5% Acidity [g/l]: 7.4