2015 Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills

SKU #1310827 95 points James Halliday

 Light crimson; the bouquet is fragrant and floral with red fruit, spice and forest notes, the palate building on the scaffold of the bouquet. Here the accent is one excellent texture and length replaying the cherry fruit held in a savoury clasp. A wine that creeps up on you, the aftertaste a final hurrah.

95 points James Suckling

 A lighter, more pure and elegant expression from Shaw & Smith in 2015, this has bright cherry compote and fresh cherries - not to mention spiced strawberries, pastry-like and biscuity savory notes, gently peppered meat and all sorts of other complexity. Even so, this shows the purity of fruit very clearly. It's nicely delivered. There are blue fruits as well as rose-like perfumes. Very subtle oak here. The palate has supple and fleshy fruit, tannins that are fine and even and really sweet spices that are worked into the heart of the fruit. Red-cherry-stone finish. Very even, long and fired along by crystaline, vibrant acidity. This is their best Pinot to date.

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Hand picked and sorted. Combination of whole berry and whole bunch fermentation. Fifteen days on skins. Matured in French oak, majority puncheons. Shaw + Smith was established in 1989 by cousins Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw. We 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." Winemaker Adam Wadewitz is one of Australia's up and coming stars having one the prestigeous Jimmy Watson Trophy back in 2012 at just 33 years of age.

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Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2017 | Send Email
This is a very elegant Pinot Noir from a higher elevation site. Its location gives it lifted, bright acidity and a strong spicy quality. Sweet, soft fruit complements the acid and spice and they all feel perfectly in balance. This really is phenomenal Pinot Noir, more similar to Burgundy than California. Would be a fantastic dinner or gift bottle.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2017 | Send Email
The aromatics of this Pinot will have you falling in love long before the wine even hits you lips. Such a beautiful perfume of alpine strawberries, rose petals, fresh raspberry, sweet baking spices, bramble leaf, agar wood. The nose is pronounced and fruit focused but there is so much more than just simple fruit. One the palate a similarly complex cacophony of flavors intermingle. The wine is elegant and medium bodied; a cool, crunchiness of fresh berries pervades every corner of the palate. This is a very pure, polished wine with super fine tannins, perfectly integrated acidity, expertly judged ripeness and extraction. It really is a beautiful wine shows the exotic, aromatic side of Pinot Noir but without even a suggestion of over ripeness or heaviness. Stunning value too.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2017 | Send Email
Very pretty rose petal and bright cherry nose. Starts out spicy on the palate and fleshes out with ripe strawberry and dark, black cherry fruit. Background notes of baking spices and white pepper with a nice, finely acidic finish. Really, just a lovely, lovely Pinot Noir!

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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