Shaw And Smith Lenswood Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

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Decanter
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Ned Goodwin MW
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Huon Hooke
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James Suckling
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Angus Hughson
SKU
SSLP201810 UCAU
$79.99 Per item
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750ml (Bottle)
$79.99 Per item
The Lenswood Pinot Noir is the top red wine in the esteemed Shaw + Smith stable. Sourced from their higher-altitude single vineyard in the Lenswood sub-region of the Adelaide Hills, this wine presents a more focused and linear style of Pinot Noir than the more opulent Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir. The quality of fruit here is simply outstanding, as is the care taken during the winemaking process. If classy, cool-climate Pinot Noir is your thing, this is a beautiful Australian example that will find a very happy place in your cellar.
The Lenswood Pinot Noir is the top red wine in the esteemed Shaw + Smith stable. Sourced from their higher-altitude single vineyard in the Lenswood sub-region of the Adelaide Hills, this wine presents a more focused and linear style of Pinot Noir than the more opulent Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir. The quality of fruit here is simply outstanding, as is the care taken during the winemaking process. If classy, cool-climate Pinot Noir is your thing, this is a beautiful Australian example that will find a very happy place in your cellar.

Scores & Reviews

97 / 100

Decanter

An exciting lean and lively nose signals this is the type of taut, edgy Pinot Noir that the Adelaide Hills has struggled to capture, despite the region being heavily planted to the variety. This is a model of winemaking restraint, allowing the vineyard to speak, with fleshy cherry and hint of tart mandarin providing a comforting tone, but its firm acidity and ripe, stalky grip ensuring good discipline is maintained in the shape and structure of a svelte flavour profile

95 / 100

Ned Goodwin MW

From a vineyard planted in ’99 at an altitude of 500m, pocked with loam over clay and a shale substrata. This is a richly flavoured pinot, belying the chiffonesque tannins and ethereal glide across the palate. Think root spice, generous red fruit refences and forest floor to dill accents. Long and punchy, with a carapace of gentle - but nicely pliant-tannins guiding it all long

95 / 100

Huon Hooke

Good colour: medium to full red tinged with purple. The bouquet is very spicy in a whole-bunchy way, and is complex and charming. Background chocolate. The palate likewise: it’s full and rich, round and concentrated, with real density and persistence. It copes well with a high whole-bunch component. A smart pinot with a future.

94 / 100

James Suckling

There’s plenty of oak influence here, shrouding the red plums and red cherries in savory, dried-wood and spice tones. Some herbal notes, leaves and florals peek through. The palate has beautifully smooth, long style with fine, polished tannins and a core of darker-cherry flavor. Long and composed. Drink now.

94 / 100

Angus Hughson

Again from Lenswood and more open knit than usual, the wine is slightly cloudy thanks to a lack of filtering but nothing to worry about there. It is very interesting and detailed expression of the Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir that boasts exceptional complexity delivering powerful and rich black cherry, violet, and peppery aromas with a savoury, meaty edge and well matched oak. It is then dry, supple and silky – layers of bacon fat and bark fruits driving a savoury Adelaide Hills style – finishing with good length. It is approachable and a more early drinking style than other recent vintages under this label.