2013 Shaw + Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills (Elsewhere $40)
Vivid crimson; the fragrant array of black cherry, blackberry, spice and cracked pepper aromas feed into the beautifully textured and proportioned palate, where silky tannins provide perfect support and mouthfeel. A top notch successor to the acclaimed '12.
A distinct evolution has happened around this wine with a more fragrant, spicy, lithe and lively style taking shape here. Smells of ripe red and dark cherries, cassis, blackberry and plum fruits abound with plenty of spice and gently toasty oak. There's a distinctive graphite-like edge, and whole bunches shine through. The palate has immense depth and flavorsome reach with very neatly articulated, even and fine tannins. The core has plum and blackberry flavor, with a long, juicy and fresh finish. A step in the more modern, upbeat and delicious direction for this wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2013 Shiraz opens to expressive red and black cherry notes enveloped by nuances of black raspberries, pepper, star anise and violets. Medium-bodied, soft and satiny, the palate is fresh and pure with great concentration leading to an elegant, long finish. (LPB)
Bright purple. Heady aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, candied violet and black pepper, with a hint of incense in the background. Supple and broad in the mouth, offering gently sweet boysenberry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of cola. Closes with supple tannins and excellent persistence, leaving sappy dark fruit, smoke and spicecake notes behind. (JR)
Deep cherry red. Sweet black fruit, lightly smoky, almost a little minty. But on the palate it is more savoury, though there is still some fruit and oak sweetness. Dry, rounded finish - actually tastes velvety after the last few Italian wines tasted today. Refined and long and more complexity to come as the savoury side emerges more fully. (JH)
Bright and jazzy, with raspberry and white pepper flavors on a supple frame, finishing with snap. (HS)
Winemaker's Notes: "The 2013 is a perfumed Shiraz with aromatics of florals and cherry. The palate shows bright fruit in the red fruits spectrum and spice notes of dried herbs including thyme. Natural tannins and a graphite-like earthiness contribute to a savoury core that underpins the great depth and complexity of this wine. Sourced from low yielding vines at Balhannah, in the central Adelaide Hills, and Macclesfield, the warmer and drier sub-region to the south. Low yields achieved by aggressive pruning and pre harvest bunch thinning. Hand picked and fermentedas a combination of whole berries and whole bunches in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working - no berries were harmed during the making of this wine! Aged in French oak for fourteen months, of which one third was new barriques and some larger format."