Shaw and Smith Lenswood Chardonnay 2018
Oh, my how these chardonnays from Shaw and Smith have evolved. This is an outstanding wine from this cool subregion within the Adelaide Hills that has proved ideal for chardonnay. This has been created as a more generous style while retaining the essential and defining cool climate edge to focus and align through to the extended finish. Layer upon layer of complex flavours is the hallmark of this cracking Adelaide Hills chardonnay with notes of creme brulee, nougat, lemon curd and light char revealing themselves. There’s an oatmeal citrus tang with dry savoury overtones. This is compelling and remarkable. Brilliant wine.
98 Points Cellar: 10 years
Shaw and Smith Lenswood Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
The vines for this outstanding pinot noir are now more than 20 years old, providing such a brilliant basis for the wine. Wow it’s engaging from the start. Smokey stewed plum and black cherry notes with a trace of truffle oil and damp freshly turned earth all start to play out from the first moment on the nose. It’s immensely powerful with great drive through the palate which exhibits savoury, sour cherry notes with deeper richness of fruit cake and blackcurrant. Firm fine tannins and ample oak with a fine acidity help sustain the length and prepare it for further ageing.
96 Points Cellar: 10 years
Shaw and Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz 2017
Here is a bright, high energy medium bodied shiraz from the Adelaide Hills. Shiraz from the hills can be somewhat underrated, but when you see a wine like this from the cool climes of the region you must wonder why. It is a wine of high fragrance and seductive perfumes with traces of red currant and smoky cedar. The palate is sublimely silky and plush with a smooth satiny finish. The oak has been well managed to integrate perfectly with the fruit and fine chalky tannins. To finish it has a brilliantly sustained finish with a subtle minerality.
95 Points Cellar: 8 years