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2015 SHAW + SMITH Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz

SHAW + SMITH Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz 2015

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  • Country
  • Country
  • Australia
  • Regulated designation
  • Regulated designation
  • Table wine
  • Region
  • Region
  • South Australia
  • Subregion
  • Subregion
  • Adelaide
  • Classification
  • Classification
  • Estate bottled
  • Varietal(s)
  • Varietal(s)
  • Shiraz 100 %
  • Color
  • Color
  • Red
  • Sugar
  • Sugar
  • Dry
  • Aging potential
  • Aging potential
  • 15 Years
  • About this winery

    Shaw + Smith winery was founded in 1989 by Michael Hill Smith and Martin Shaw with the goal of producing elegant, refined, world class wines from the cool climate Adelaide hills region of Australia. That Shaw + Smith have succeeded in spades should come as no surprise given the resumes of the winery's two founders. Michael Hill Smith was born into wine, a member of the Yalumba family. A Cordon Bleu trained chef, wine writer, wine judge, and Australia's first Master of Wine he relished the...

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  • Tasting notes

    Aromatic and structured single site Shiraz. Decant and enjoy with dishes like osso buco and other hearty dishes. This wine can be cellared for up to 15 years. Produced using sustainable practices. Suitable for vegans.

  • Viticultural notes

    From close-planted (5,500 vines/ha) low yielding vines at Shaw + Smith's Balhannah Vineyard, planted in 2005. It has a north-facing aspect and the soils are loam over clay, ironstone, quartzite, and shale. 2015 was a remarkable vintage. Above average winter rainfall ensured a good start to the growing season and warm weather in late-December / early-January was moderated by useful rain on the 13th of January. The season concluded with mild, steady conditions and delivered fruit of wonderful quality to the winery.

  • Winemaking notes

    Hand picked and fermented as predominantly whole bunches (70%) and the remainder whole berries, in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working.

Press reviews

  • - 98 Points -

    - #69 - Top 100 Wines of 2018 -

    November 2018

    A decadent yet persistently fresh shiraz, showing notes of blackberry tart, hot stones, dried herbs, blueberry cake, quartz, resin and baking spices. The palate is very sophisticated in its delivery of chewy, enveloping tannins, which coat the mouth and remain lithe and velvety at the same time. A driven line of acidity runs throughout plums and cassis, and this finishes long and intense. Minerally and tight, too...

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  • - 97 Points -

    - GOLD -

    August 2017

    The second release from the close planted Estate vineyard planted in '05, 70% whole bunches, 30% whole berries, open-fermented, matured in French puncheons for 14 months, with a further 14 months in bottle before release. This is an exercise in power, bay leaf staring down any attempt to add red fruits, the tannins of the same ilk, ditto oak. Despite the power, the balance and synergy of the components is undeniable.

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