SHAW & SMITH, SAUVIGNON BLANC
Shaw and Smith’s aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that stand amongst the best of their type in Australia. Established in 1989 by cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith, their wines are made from a number of sites throughout the Adelaide Hills, ensuring they reflect the best qualities of the grape variety and the terroir of the region.
They specialise in grape varieties suited to the cooler climate, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The Sauvignon Blanc is sourced predominently from their own vineyards at Woodside and Balhannah where soil structures are shallow, red/brown loam over schist and clay.
The hand-picked, whole bunches were destemmed, crushed, chilled, gently pressed then underwent fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The wine did not undergo any malolactic fermentation and was bottled early under screwcap to retain crispness and eliminate cork taint.
The brand new 2012 is nothing less than stunning, returning to the classic purity that first put this wine on the map. Its citrus profile is spot on, spiced up with fresh passionfruit which lingers long on a
soft, fine, mineral finish. 93 points, Wine Taste, Tyson Stelzer, 13 Jul 12
The aroma has restrained sauvignon grassiness and some lime, grapefruit and passionfruit notes. The palate is fresh and lively with pure fruit varietal flavours and crisp acidity.