Shaw And Smith Lenswood Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019

  • The Lenswood Pinot is the top red wine in the esteemed Shaw + Smith stable.
  • The 2019 growing season was one that challenged even the most experienced and well equipped vignerons.
  • First planted in 1999, our Lenswood Vineyard combines high altitude, mature vines, and diverse aspects
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  • James Halliday'
    95 points
  • Gary Walsh
    94+ points
  • Decanter
    97 points

Editors notes

The Lenswood Pinot Noir is the top red wine in the esteemed Shaw + Smith stable.

From block one in our Lenswood Vineyard. First planted in 1999, it has east and west facing aspects and reaches 500 metres above sea level. The soil is brown loam over clay with some broken shale and stone on the ridges. A Pinot Noir of delicacy and fragrance, with fresh acid, and subtle layers of flavour and texture.
Deep in colour, with red fruit and spice aromas. Complex and dense with a bright palate and savoury

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.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Halliday's Wine Companion

    "From the high Lenswood estate block, 30% whole bunch and the rest whole berries. Matured for 10 months in French puncheons. This wine is so delicate to start that you could miss its genuine class at first. That would be a shame, because what lies beneath is most beguiling and has every chance of awakening into something very, very special over the next few years. Fragrant with violet notes and blueberries, puckered with gentle savoury spice and acidity. And these are just the first layers beginning to unfold. Be patient. Decant for now."
  • Gary Walsh

    "Vineyard planted in 1999. A bit of the old whole bunch, and raised in puncheons. Adelaide Hills now making some inroads in to making good Pinot Noir. Fragrant, yet earthy. It’s all about sweet dark spice, bergamot, just-cooked brown bread, and dark cherries. Medium-bodied, earthy and sappy, but sweetly fruited, baked plum and star anise, rhubarb and mushroom umami quality. Tannin is well-bedded in, with a lovely bit of chew to it, and the finish is spicy, perfumed and long, a little orange zest in the aftertaste. Really very good. Heaps of character. Likely better again with a couple more years in bottle"
  • Decanter

    "The type of taut, edgy Pinot Noir 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 shine, with fleshy cherry and a hint of tart mandarin providing comfort, though its firm acidity and stalky grip ensures good structure and svelte line"

Other vintages

Love this wine? Here's a list of other vintages we have in stock if you'd like to try them as well.

  1. Shaw And Smith Lenswood Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
    • Variety Pinot Noir
    • Vintage 2018
    • Brand Shaw and Smith
    • Cellaring 5-10 Years
    • Wine Type Red
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
    Shaw And Smith Lenswood Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
    • Decanter
      97 points
    • Ned Goodwin MW
      95 points
    • Huon Hooke
      95 points
    • James Suckling
      94 points
    • Angus Hughson
      94 points
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Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Adelaide Hills

Famous for their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir, the viticulture of this region was re-established in 1979 but grapes were planted locally as early as 1839. During the last three decades, Adelaide Hills has emerged as one of Australia’s most exciting cool climate wine region, being known to produce elegant, distinct, sophisticated wines. Located in the Mount Lofty Ranges and only a 30 minute drive from Adelaide, this region is home not only to over 90 wine labels and 48 cellar doors, but also to multiple forests, beef and dairy farms, apple and pear orchards.

Known to be one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia, the Adelaide Hills are made up of two registered sub regions: Lenswood and Piccadilly Valley. These narrow band of hills stretch across to be approximately 70 km long and 30 km wide and border Barossa and Eden Valleys to the North and McLaren Vale to the South.

The climate of this region is considerably cooler compared to other wine regions in the summer, due to the altitudes of the vineyards being 400-700 meters high. The cooler drier climate produces grapes with ideal fruit composition, creating the perfect balance of flavour and acidity.

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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.

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