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2016 Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz

2016 Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz

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  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • Hand picked, sorted and fermented as whole berries and whole bunches, in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working. Aged in 500 litre French oak puncheons for 14 months, followed by a further 14 months in bottle. More dark red than purple in colour. Shiraz

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    A complex, finely-textured Shiraz expressing the conditions of each vintage and the character of a unique vineyard site.This is the second release of this wine. The distinctive site has always shown potential for a single site wine, and in this particular year the fruit was outstanding.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Shaw + Smith own two vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, at Balhannah and Lenswood, totalling 55 hectares. The vineyards are planted to varieties that perform particularly well in the region, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Shaw + Smith was established in 1989 by cousins Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw. They make wines exclusively from the Adelaide Hills, from varieties that suit the cooler climate: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Shaw + Smith own two vineyards, in Lenswood and Balhannah. Balhannah is also home to the winery where the Tasting Room is open daily. Shaw + Smith’s first vintage was in 1990, and the early vintages were made at Wirra Wirra and Petaluma. In 1999 they purchased a property at Balhannah, where they planted vines, and built the winery and tasting room in time for the 2000 vintage. In 2012 they purchased an established 20 hectare vineyard in Lenswood. As the business has grown Michael and Martin have built a formidable team to continue the evolution of Shaw + Smith, including Master of Wine David LeMire, Senior Winemaker Adam Wadewitz, Business Manager Grant Lovelock and Group Viticulturist Murray Leake.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 97 POINTS

    NICK BUTLER - THE REAL REVIEW


    More dark red than purple in colour. The aromatics are spiced and complex - cured meats, bunch-spice, a Rhône sensibility. Supple and compelling on the palate, plums and cinnamon, even a hint of truffle. This is simply a beautiful wine. Whole-bunch work is measured and adds lovely freshness. It blossoms with time in the glass. Pure class

    97 POINTS

    JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    Hand-picked and sorted, open-fermented as whole berries and whole bunches, matured for 14 months in used French puncheons, then a further 14 months in bottle. The wine is still in its infancy, black fruits, spice, pepper and licorice in a Catherine wheel of flavours. It's a special wine that will have a very long life as the tannins are fully tamed.

    95 POINTS

    JAMES SUCKLING


    Wow! Attractive plums, hazelnuts, smoked meat and terra cotta. Full body and round, silky tannins. Juicy undertones. Delicious finish. Love the texture and tension to this one. Drink now. Screw cap.

    95 POINTS

    NICK BUTLER - THE REAL REVIEW


    An alluring nose of cloves and bunch-spice, charcuterie and white pepper, plum sauce and tapenade. Fragrant and complex. Time in the glass allows fresher plums and cinnamon to emerge. It also allows tannins the time to jut. This is showing early signs of development. Cruising into the next chapter.

    94 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW


    Red and black fruit aromas, a trace of earthiness; soft but quite assertive, drying tannins. A big, firm, tight shiraz, with a solid tannin grip. It's the least of the five vintages 2013-17 tasted to date, but still very good. (14% alc.)

    94 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE


    Red and black fruit aromas, a trace of earthiness; soft but quite assertive, drying tannins. A big, firm, tight shiraz, with a solid tannin grip. It's the least of the five vintages 2013-17 tasted to date, but still very good. (14% alc.)

    94 POINTS

    MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT


    Medium weight and svelte thing this. Dark-sweet plummy fruit character swiped with gamey-meaty-bacony character and gentle, sweet spice. It’s got beautiful perfume, the palate glorious in fruit flavour and savouriness, a little extra burr to tannin distracts things a little, a touch of a shudder down the mouth as it rolls on. Long finish with a fan of flavour and a flourish of finer tannin. Pretty darn classy here. And best after five years I wager.

    91 POINTS

    JEREMY OLIVER


    Supple and medium-bodied, but framed by fine, gravelly tannins, this savoury, textural shiraz reveals a floral, dusty and greenish bouquet of raspberries, strawberries and cherries knit with restrained cedar/vanilla oak. It’s round and expansive, with bright red berry and blood plum flavours finishing with notes of licorice and graphite.