In a nutshell: A light and delicate Australian Sauvignon Blanc from the Adelaide Hills.
The lowdown: The cooler climate of the Adelaide Hills is recognised as prime Sauvignon Blanc territory and Shaw + Smith are acknowledged as one of the best producers. Over the years this wine in particular has become something of a benchmark by which other premium Aussie Sauvignon Blancs are measured. Since it first appeared in the 1990s it's remained fresh and aromatic with a trademark pink grapefruit character. Allied to this is lots of fruit and a good weight on the palate alongside a crisp acidity and a brisk freshness.
When to drink: Reliable and very moreish it's one that can be banked on. Great as an aperitif, or with all kinds of shellfish and salads.
The renowned South Australian wine estate of Shaw + Smith was the result of a long lunch in 1989 when cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith decided to realise a long held dream to make wine together. Based in the rolling Adelaide Hills their vision remains as it was which is to make exciting, refined wines exclusively from this part of the world that ranks among Australia's best viticultural areas. The wines are made from a number of sites throughout the Adelaide Hills. They specialise in grape varieties suited to the cooler climate, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz.
Their Sauvignon Blanc is sourced predominantly from their own vineyards at Balhannah and Lenswood. While for Shiraz, the warmer sub-area of Macclesfield contributes fruit with structure and richness, with the cooler Balhannah vineyard contributing spice and perfume to the mix.
The winemaking team consists of Martin Shaw and senior winemaker Adam Wadewitz who joined in 2013 and is one of Australia's brightest winemaking talents. They work closely with viticulturalist Murray Leake. Their wines show wonderful varietal definition, particularly in the depth and spectrum of flavour, natural acid balance and overall finesse. There is an excitement about each of the Shaw + Smith wines that has made them one of the most successful producers in the Adelaide Hills.