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Shaw + Smith is Back: A Best-Seller with Massive Press Now In-Stock - 12/09/2017 - Australia

Since their first vintage back in 1990, Shaw + Smith has gone on to establish themselves as one to the top estates in Australia's Adelaide Hills. With each successive vintage, the wines progressed from downright impressive to category-defining. Their current releases, which includes their 2015 Pinot (JS96), 2014 Shiraz (JH96), and 2015 “M3” Chardonnay (JH97), count among the best ever from this revered estate. All are from estate grown, sustainably managed vineyards and are painstakingly crafted to highly the unique characteristics of this much lauded region. As the notes below will attest, the critics were duly impressed with this set, calling the Shiraz “one of Australia’s best,” and praising the Pinot as “their best to date, and the Chardonnay as being “a fine, detailed, aspirational white wine.” Such praise doesn’t come easily and is a testament to Shaw and Smith’s unwavering commitment to crafting wines that both offer a true sense of place and unparalleled quality. Perhaps best of all, these wines can all be had for under $30 mark. We’ve had great success with Shaw + Smith in past vintages and expect this parcel to move at and equally impressive clip. As one would expect from the best of Adelaide, these releases are very approachable in their youth, but also have the body and structure to develop for several years more. If you have yet to jump on the Adelaide Hills bandwagon, we strongly urge you to explore the wines of Shaw + Smith.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills 95 $29.99 View
2014 Shaw + Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills South Australia 96 $29.99 View
2015 Shaw + Smith "M3" Chardonnay Adelaide Hills 97 Price: Hidden View

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2015 Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills ($29.99)

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."

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 20, 2018

Leesy and earthy aromas of crushed flowers, plums and strawberry jump from this super aromatic wine. This Volnay-like, unfiltered wine shows a savory side to the dusty cherry filled middle and long, elegant finish.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 30, 2017

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 ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 15, 2017

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 ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 15, 2017

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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2014 Shaw + Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills South Australia ($29.99)

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." (07/2015)

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)" (06/2016)

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)

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 27, 2017

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 ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 15, 2017

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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2015 Shaw + Smith "M3" Chardonnay Adelaide Hills Price: Hidden

97 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* M3 now comes from selected sites over the Adelaide Hills, not from the vineyard previously called M3. Pale straw-green; it may be autosuggestion, but this has great freshness, vibrancy and finesse, the flavours pitched halfway between white peach/stone fruit on the one hand, grapefruit/citrus on the other."

94 points James Suckling: "A complex and deeply layered chardonnay with peach fruit, citrus and hazelnut. Toasty oak and nectarine too. The palate has hints of almond pastry amid nectarine and grapefruit. Concentrated and assertive, layered, and a driving finish. Drink now." (07/2017)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "The M3 Chardonnay has evolved into a tight, refined style. It's medium-bodied and tart, with crisp acids that frame juicy citrus flavors. A subtle note of struck match marks the nose, alongside hints of orange zest. (JC)" (06/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Strikes a balance between vibrant, crisp pineapple and lemon flavors and a warm, toasty cedar note. Harmonious and intense on the finish. 200 cases imported. (MW)" (05/2017)

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 20, 2018

This cool sit Burgundian Chardonnay has aromas and flavors of Golden apple, toast, butterscotch and citrus on a Chablis-like and flinty frame. Slight tropical whispers and hints of stone fruit pop up on the chiseled and green flecked finish. An amazingly pure and site specific wine for not much money.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 30, 2017

The two man team behind the Shaw & Smith wines have really come onto something great in their winemaking style. This Chardonnay comes from coastal vineyards and the cooler site is really reflected in the bright, high acidity present. That acidity is not overwhelming however, thanks to the aging on lees in French oak. This gives some good weight to the wine and draws out the fruit characters as well. I'm loving this producer now and if you're a fan of Chablis, this is right up your alley.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 15, 2017

A perfectly judged Chardonnay that strikes a precise balance between richness and restraint. This wine has the flinty, mineral, smoky edge that is so intriguing and is so en vogue in Australia right now but at the same time the wine has broad, mouth filling texture, lovely fruit weight and ripeness caressed with refined oak tones, all drawn out on the palate by vibrant (but not austere acidity). It's a very flavorful wine with concentrated white peach, ripe citrus, almond, brioche, some baked pear emerges as it warms in the glass, a saline edge adds whispers of Chablis. Such a great bottle of Chardonnay; I think almost everyone could find something to enjoy here.