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Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz 2018

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Adelaide Hills, Australia

Shaw + Smith winery was built in 2000 giving us the ability to whole-bunch press chilled grapes for the first time, and underpinning the evolution of style from that first M3 Chardonnay vintage in 2000 through to the present day. The most significant event since then came in 2012 with the purchase of the Lenswood vineyard.

Hand picked, hand sorted and fermented as whole berries and whole bunches (around 70%), in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working. Aged in new (30%) and used 500 litre French oak puncheons for 14 months. Unfiltered and unfined.

A complex, finely-textured Shiraz expressing the conditions of each vintage and the character of a unique vineyard site. Pepper and spice with lifted florals, a hallmark of Balhannah fruit. A balanced wine, elegant and complex, with amazing length.

14.5% ABV / 750ml

Excellent wine with so much detail, complexity, silken texture, spice lavishly draped over it all, savouriness and game meat richness, pure, cherry juice scents and flavours about that. Perfect medium weight zone, vibrant fruit character, all that perfume and additional flavour so very good here. And tannins, beautiful, beautiful caress of fine, lacy, gently puckering tannins.

Shaw + Smith has always used sustainable, environmentally sensitive practices including farming individual blocks organically, using sheep to control weeds, facilitating beneficial insects in the vineyard and using seaweed fertilisers, and now use no herbicides, synthetic fertilisers or fungicides.

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