Shaw And Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2020
97 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY ADELAIDE HILLS SHIRAZ FROM SHAW & SMITH WINES
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- 97 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
- 95 POINT RATED ANDREW GRAHAM AUSTRALIAN WINE REVIEW
- 94 POINT RATED CAMPBELL MATTINSON THE WINE FRONT
- 92 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE THE REAL REVIEW
A medium-bodied red, it demonstrates the beauty in balance over power. Fresh red berries including raspberry and blueberry are flavoured with notes of clove and black pepper. The palate is long and layered with elegantly fine grained tannins
97 Point Rated - James Halliday The Weekend Australian
"A wine of towering richness and complexity, black cherries, liquorice, black pepper. Close your eyes, and this shiraz will give you a magic carpet ride to the upper reaches of the Rhone Valley. Most remarkable is the freshness of the wine, and the dark spices of a night time drink."
95 Point Rated - Andrew Graham Australian Wine Review
"40% whole bunches. 14 months in 1/3rd new French oak. An evocative smelling thing it is too – whole bunch cinnamon spice, red and blue fruits, a whisper of charcuterie and then a ripple of blueberry crumble. The medium bodied palate is finessed and yet ripe and plush, all at once, the alcohol even lobbing in some warmth though not intrusive. That palate is just so impressive – it’s inviting and plush and so perfect. Compelling in its balance and flavour. Maybe a little light on the tannins is the only criticism. Absolute top-flight Shiraz."
94 Point Rated - Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front
"It feels neat and composed though it also boasts excellent concentration of fruit flavour. This puts the runs on the board and lets them speak for themselves. Kirsch, boysenberry, smoked bacon and cedarwood flavours, though the driver here is fruit and lots of it. Tannin, integrated, keeps thing taut-enough, while twiggy spice notes add breadth. The aromatics of this wine are quite wonderful, all sweet berried and exuberant, and the palate too is in fine form."
92 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review
"Deep red with tints of purple and a sweetly jammy blackberry and squishy mulberry aroma, plus a slight meaty overtone. The wine is lean and sinewy on the tongue with tense tannins, a trace of bitterness, and is medium bodied with moderate length. There's a Rhône-ish note to the nose. An elegant and stylish shiraz."
The growing season in 2020 had two key features. Cool and windy weather at flowering gave us super-low yields, and a lovely and cool February meant great flavour and acidity. It was a rollercoaster ride for the vineyard team in 2020,as we were blessed lots of special weather – a dash of hail, a touch of frost, some hotness and coldness. In the end we picked healthy grapes of excellent quality, just not very many of them. It was a game won or lost at the selection table. After hand sorting, we destemmed about 60%, and left 40% as whole bunches. Gentle, slow ferments gave us fine tannins, before the wines were tucked into a mix of small and larger barrels for 14 months.
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
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