The long and layered palate shows complexity of flavor, with youthful primary fruit alongside savory notes.
Wine Spectator 92 points - Lithe and deftly balanced, this is a bit reticent but tightly wound with spicy, delicately smoky pear, Winesap apple and lime flavors that weave together in ideal proportions. Shows depth and finesse. Drink now through 2018.—H.S. (Dec 19 2012)
In 1989, cousins Martin Shaw, winemaker, and Michael Hill Smith, Australia’s first Master of Wine established Shaw and Smith. They produce cool-climate wines from Adelaide Hills in South Australia. Their first vintage, a 1990 Sauvignon Blanc was made from purchased fruit. The partners bought the 104 acre M3 Vineyard at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills in 1993 and over the next two years planted Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The soils are sandy loam over red-yellow clay with some shale. In 1999 Martin and Michael purchased the 114 acre Balhannah Vineyard and planted Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Soils are composed of sandy loam with underlying layers of red clay mixed with quartzite and shale. Shaw and Smith has developed a reputation as an artisanal producer of some of Australia’s finest wines.
|A blend of fruit from Shaw and Smith’s M3 Vineyard in Woodside plus selected blocks of new Dijon clones. The grapes were hand-picked, chilled, whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented in new and neutral French oak. The wine underwent partial malolactic for added complexity and mouthfeel. Matured on its lees with weekly battonage for nine months in French oak.