Shaw And Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz 2017
1 or more bottles$74.99
James Suckling97 points
Ned Goodwin MW94 points
Campbell Mattin95 points
From close-planted (5,500 vines/ha) low yielding vines at Shaw + Smith's Balhannah Vineyard, planted in 2005. It has a north-facing aspect and the soils are loam over clay, ironstone, quartzite, and shale. 2015 was a remarkable vintage. Above average winter rainfall ensured a good start to the growing season and warm weather in late-December / early-January was moderated by useful rain on the 13th of January. The season concluded with mild, steady conditions and delivered fruit of wonderful quality to the winery. Hand picked and fermented as predominantly whole bunches (70%) and the remainder whole berries, in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working.
A complex, finely-textured Shiraz expressing the conditions of each vintage and the character of a unique vineyard site.
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- Red Meat
Critic Scores & reviews
"Sharp-edged and serious, this raises a very different banner for what Australian Shiraz can be, from a cool, more elevated site. With its snappy bite of stalk and cherry, it suggests the slender refinement of Pinot Noir, but then the mid-palate rounds out with lush red berries and sprinkling of pepper in the tail. The nervy tension of this wine ensures the flavour keeps quivering in your mouth long after the last drop is drained."
"A very complex nose with intense red berries, cherries and plums, swathed in complex spice aromas and strong, whole-bunch and oak influence, which combine to drive this to ever more complex heights. The palate has rich, ripe berries, smooth tannins and dark-chocolate flavors in abundance. The smooth tannins are so well crafted. Super fresh and articulate finish. Drink or hold."
Ned Goodwin MW94
"A mid-weighted shiraz of considerable perfume and class oozing across its ferrous tannic line. Think iodine, blueberry, mace, lilac and a whiplash of peppery acidity sweeping it all long. The mescaline and dill pepper aromas, a legacy of ample whole-bunch, will be absorbed with patience. For now, give an aggressive decant."
"The shiraz vineyard at Balhannah was planted in 2005 and sits at 380 metres asl. It grows outstanding grapes. It has whole bunch, pepper, meat and mescal characters splashed all over it. If that’s your thing, rejoice. If not, steer clear. In that style-context this is a terrific wine, full of flare and fruit, threaded intricately with tannin, lengthy, characterful and sophisticated. Hazelnuts and chocolate soaked into black cherry, blueberry and plum. Top shelf quality."
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Shaw And Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz 2018
- Variety Shiraz
- Vintage 2018
- Brand Shaw and Smith
- Cellaring 5-10 Years
- Wine Type Red
- Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
Mike Bennie95+ points
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About the brand Shaw and Smith
Shaw + Smith was established in 1989 by cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill-Smith MW after having a long held dream of making wine together. It was identified as a leading producer of Sauvignon Blanc by the time they acquired a 42ha property at Woodside, in the Adelaide Hills region. In 1999, Martin and Michael bought a 36ha property in Balhannah, building the attractive winery in 2000 and planting more Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Riesling.
Shaw + Smith's winery is considered as the benchmark for winery improvements in Adelaide Hills. In 2002, a new bottling line was set up, guaranteeing full control of every aspect of production - from grape berry to bottle.