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2017 Shaw & Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz

Adelaide Hills, SA

Premium single-vineyard Shiraz from a cool site in the Adelaide Hills. An elegant, spicy expression of Shiraz from this part of the world.

$89.00

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About
Top shelf quality.

Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Planted in 2005, the Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard is their prized piece of Shiraz turf.

This low-yielding site delivers their most elegant cool-climate expression of Shiraz. Winemaker Adam Wadewitz uses whole bunches to excellent effect, cranking up the herbal aromatics to 11 and finding a beautiful balance of tannin and sumptuous fruit throughout the winemaking process.

This is a beautiful wine, reminiscent of something out of the northern Rhone Valley. It will continue to evolv in the cellar for the next decade or more.

About Shaw + Smith

Shaw + Smith is one of the flagbearers of the Adelaide Hills wine region.  

Over 25 years they have built a brilliant brand based around refined but energetic cool climate expressions of Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The wines all now comfortably rank amongst the best examples of their respective varieties in the country. The constant pursuit of excellence has seen Shaw + Smith stand out from the pack.

With the formidable talents of winemaker Adam Wadewitz at the helm, this iconic producer has never been in better form.

Murray Leake & Adam Wadewitz
Murray Leake & Adam Wadewitz
Adelaide Hills, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

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

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 13.50%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"The shiraz vineyard at Balhannah was planted in 2005 and sits at 380 metres asl. It grows outstanding grapes. It has whole bunch, pepper, meat and mescaline characters splashed all over it. If that’s your thing, rejoice. If not, steer clear. In that style-context this is a terrific wine, full of flare and fruit, threaded intricately with tannin, lengthy, characterful and sophisticated. Hazelnuts and chocolate soaked into black cherry, blueberry and plum. Top shelf quality." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

Delivery

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