2014 Shaw + Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills South Australia

SKU #1309602 96 points James Halliday

 Has established a consistent reputation as one of Australia's best cool climate Shirazs, low yields (especially in 2014) and site selection all-important. Handpicked, partial whole bunch and remainder whole berry open-fermented, matured in French oak (33% new) for 14 months. A super-fragrant red cherry bouquet, with notes of mulberry, licorice and plum joining the vibrant red fruits of the palate, backed by firm, precisely framed tannins.  (7/2015)

95 points James Suckling

 Bathed in brambly dark berry fruit aromas, there's a streak of blueberry too, twirled up with clear whole bunch aromatics, some pepper, sappy notes and dark stony minerals. The palate's crisp and fresh, with juicy red and blue berry fruits layered up through well-groomed tannins, baking spices, mocha and a fresh, juicy finish. Approachable now, best from 2018.

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Shiraz has pronounced notes of red and black cherries, red plums, dried Provence herbs and lavender with a waft of anise. Medium-bodied with a soft, velvety texture and plenty of red and black fruit in the mouth, it offers layers of pepper, herbs and spices in the finish. Very pretty Shiraz. (LPB)  (6/2016)

91 points Vinous

 Bright violet. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, peppery spices, olive and candied violet, along with a smoky mineral overtone. Juicy, focused and lively on the palate, offering spice-tinged black currant, bitter cherry and licorice flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Shows strong tenacity on the youthfully tannic finish, leaving a subtle floral note behind. I like the savory, Old World character of this Shiraz.  (10/2017)

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Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2017 | Send Email
Grown on a high elevation in Adelaide Hills, this Shiraz is nothing like one you would find in Barossa. It's leaner, higher acid, bright, with juicy, but not big or flabby fruit. If you are hesitant to try Aussie Shiraz because you think they might be too jammy, this is THE ONE you want to get your hands on.A winner and a great food or cocktail wine.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2017 | Send Email
As esteemed Australian wine writer James Halliday notes Shaw + Smith have a strong reputation as one of the best cool climate Shiraz producers in Australia. What I love about this wine is that it's not funky, under-ripe and savory just for the sake of proving a point. It's driven by juicy dark red fruit, lush ripe tannins; it stands with a medium-full bodied physique and is certainly not shy. What you won't find in this wine are big gobs of stewed black fruit, a burning sensation from 16% alcohol or charred new oak leaving slithers in your mouth. It's a sleek, pure, balanced style of Shiraz that gives you up front fruit, exotic spices and hints of gaminess but without any of the pit falls that beset wines on either end of the ripeness spectrum. This will be a big hit for lots of people especially at this price point.

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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