Shaw & Smith Shiraz 2006
Deep coloured and intense, the 2006 was a better vintage than its predecessor and is considered to be the best vintage of Shaw and Smith Shiraz to date. On the nose it is vibrant and spicy, giving way to concentrated, full-bodied fruit on the palate, restrained oak and tightly knit tannins.
Established in 1989 by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith, Shaw and Smith’s aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that stand amongst the best of their type in Australia. The wines are made exclusively from grapes grown in the Adelaide Hills, one of Australia’s coolest and most exciting regions. Although Shaw and Smith specialises in grape varieties suited to the cooler climate of the Adelaide Hills such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, they have had exciting results with Shiraz from the warmer parts of the region. The wines are vinified at Shaw and Smith’s winery built for the 2000 vintage.
The fruit was sourced from vineyards in the warmer and drier parts of Adelaide Hills, notably Macclesfield, and from low yielding vineyards in Balhannah near the Shaw and Smith winery. Low yields were achieved by aggressive pruning and pre-harvest bunch thinning. The grapes were hand-picked.
Crushing and fermenting took place in temperature controlled stainless steel fermenters, with gentle pumping over to extract colour and ripe tannins. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in barrique. The wine was aged in new and one year old French oak barriques for 12 months. Special care was taken not to over oak the wine to maintain fruit integrity.Wet, windy conditions during spring led to poor fruit set at flowering and reduced crops. Other than 3-4 days of exceptionally hot weather in late December, the all-important months for flavour development and acid retention of February and March were very mild.
Decanter Gold Medal 2009
International Wine Challenge Silver Medal
Tim White – The Financial Review 25-27 July 2008
98 Points “Now this is really fragrant and black peppercorn-scented, with blueberry currant, forest pi ps, and subtle cedar oak. Classy stuff. There’s plenty of the same pippy fruit and spice in the mouth; long, dry, polished tannins and subtle, background oak. There’s dried spices and amazing succulent fruit: just keeps on building. This is one of the best wines I’ve put in mouth in the past five years.”
Winewise June 2008
Rated Outstanding and Excellent Value “Here’s a wine that is rapidly staking a claim for best of its variety. That title will always be well disputed, but there’s no doubt in our mind that the top two wines in this tasting are strong contenders. This vintage has a vivid colour and a delightfully fragrant and spicy nose. The long, intense, elegant palate drives home all the impressions from the stunning nose.”
Huon Hooke - Good Living June 2008
Top Aussie Red 95 Points
“Another ripper from this Adelaide Hills winery. Meaty, peppery, mixed spice aromas, with blackberry and aniseed-mint emerging as it warms in the glass. Rich, layered and fruit-sweet to taste, with supple tannins, symmetry and length. A superb example of contemporary Australian shiraz. Now to 12 years plus.”
Nick Stock - The Adelaide Review Magazine Issue 339 May 2008
“This ’06 is fiercely aromatic, the spice and ripe red fruits are lifted by stripes of musky oak, also adding some toasty mocha complexity. The palate’s settled into resolved shape, fine tannins run the entire length, carrying dark fruits, spice and dark minerally flavours, all neatly balanced and tightly integrated.”
Peter Forrestal - West Australian
“I like what these guys are doing with their Shiraz. This is another beautifully poised and elegant wine demonstrating fruit power and style in the one breath. Fruit is sourced from the Adelaide Hills and matured in French barriques. Complex meaty, gamey, savoury nose and a seamless palate of some length.”
West Australian 12th July 2008
Tyson Stelzer - WBM August 2008
“This is a sensational vintage for Shaw & Smith Shiraz, rivalling the very best. I t’s spicy and peppery with a layered charcuterie complexity and a seamless line of fruit concentration running through its core. Fine, minerally tannins complete a very smart package.”
David Sly, SA Life
“The decision by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith to make shiraz the flagship red wine of their Adelaide Hills brand surprised many, who queried the ability to properly ripen such cool- climate fruit – though doubters have been silenced by sucessive vintages of luscious, balanced wine. The Macclesfield vineyard from which they source this fruit gets consistent ripeness that produces wine of vibrant, bright colour, with rich, savoury tones in a vivacious, fruit -driven palate. I t boasts a complexity lacking in much warm-climate shiraz.”