2013 Shaw + Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1268159 97 points James Halliday

 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.

96 points James Suckling

 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.

92 points 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)

92 points Vinous

 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)

Jancis Robinson

 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)

Wine Spectator

 Bright and jazzy, with raspberry and white pepper flavors on a supple frame, finishing with snap. (HS)  (11/2015)

K&L Notes

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."

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2016 | Send Email
I could nose this wine ALL DAY LONG and never get tired of smelling it. The aromas are sultry with slightly perfumed berries accented by faint hints of smoke and earth. It's a haunting scent, one that entices you back for more repeatedly. There's no way in the world I would have guessed this was Shiraz without knowing ahead of time, yet it's clearly not Zinfandel, or Cabernet, or Pinot Noir. At the same time, if you even remotely enjoy the three aforementioned grapes, you need to do yourself a favor and buy this wine. Those who still associate Aussie Shiraz with Yellowtail or Mollydooker need to have their minds reset by the Shaw Smith and erase whatever prejudices they might be holding on to. This wine is as soft as a Storybook Zin, as elegant as a Joseph Swan Pinot, and as concentrated as a fine Margaux. Forget marketing this bottle to people who like Shiraz, we should be alerting anyone who likes red wine made with poise and precision about the Shaw + Smith. If you like red wine with beauty, balance, and soul, this is your bottle. That should cast a pretty wide net. Don't miss this.

By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2016 | Send Email
It's the dawn of a new era in Australian winemaking! Shiraz has officially taken a step back from the high-octane, over-the-top fruit bombs of the past and toward more restrained, thoughtful composition without sacrificing any of the power. Fresh blueberries, plum, and cassis show right up front, balanced and devoid of any alcoholic heat. Salty, meaty aromas bloom in the glass along with some smoked herbs and Worcestershire. Cleansing acidity and grippy tannins hold everything together for a world-class, vivid wine that heralds Shiraz's ever-evolving identity.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2016 | Send Email
There's quite a lot going on in this wine, and it's especially at this price. The somewhat savory and minty combination on the nose with violets and sweet smoke is nearly irresistible. Lovely blue and black fruits along with spice cake and a stony minerality on the palate fulfill the promise the aromatics make. Not overblown but definitely rich and the mercifully moderate ABV in this wine just add to the charm.
Top Value!

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2016 | Send Email
A gorgeous, concentrated, dense yet elegant and very well balanced Shiraz from the Adelaide Hills growing region. Spice box, deep red fruit with great persistence, a more melted and approachable structure and focus along the palate. A new must try for all the Shiraz drinkers out there. Enjoy!

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2016 | Send Email
From a cooler climate area of South Australia on the coast of the Southern Ocean, this Adelaide Hills stunner has all the concentrated blue and black fruit you want in an Aussie Shiraz while still showing the smoky, meaty integrity the Syrah grape has to offer. Shaw + Smith goes down easily but has enough focus and balanced acidity to make it feel like a more serious wine.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2016 | Send Email
This is packed, elegant and supple with an array of red fruits and spices lending great complexity. The style here is reserved, focused and clean with fantastic integration and a long finish of wet slate minerality and beautiful proportion.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2016 | Send Email
This is a wine that would have caught you off guard if you did not read this review. The nose is big, bold and intense. The aromatics leap out of the glass; bright berries, spices, earth and hint of berry compote. Oh coarse you know what to expect, fruit bomb. Wrong. This wine has restraint and poise. All those aromatics are echoed on the palate and balanced with a subtle savory character. The tannins are fine and polished. I love how this wine played with my expectations. It is almost blasphemy but new world Cote Rotie is kind of what I am left thinking after trying the wine.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2016 | Send Email
This coastal shiraz manages to provide all those things we love about Australian shiraz without being too big, fruity or jammy but rather balanced with earthy and savory flavors. With flavors of dark cherry, meat and pepper, this shiraz has juicy acidity, great texture and concentration. Grab some red meat, a BBQ and a bottle of this shiraz for a perfect evening.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2016 | Send Email
Stunning Shiraz from the cooler coastal region of Adelaide Hills. What I love about this wine is that it captures the power and richness of Aussie Shiraz but with very aromatic, lifted tones of violets, baking spice and subtle smoky nuances harping back to the grape's northern rhone roots. There is plenty of soft, succulent fruit here but it's balanced by lovely natural acidity and some savory complexity. A great relationship with the importer means we can offer you this knockout Shiraz sub $30!
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2026

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2016 | Send Email
I'm a big fan of this Aussie Shiraz. A really big fan in fact. It's smokey, purple fruited, focused and delicious. The nose emits a pungent layer of game and dried herb notes that are tough to find in a wine priced at $30. It's savory, round, and soft. Give me a plate of red meat, a glass of this Shiraz and I'm a happy camper.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Adelaide Hills

Alcohol Content (%): 13