2021 Shaw + Smith Lenswood Vineyard Pinot Noir

Highly Rated
The most elite Pinot Noir in the Shaw + Smith portfolio from a high-altitude single site in Lenswood, Adelaide Hills.

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Leading Adelaide Hills producer, Shaw + Smith believe this to be their ultimate expression of Pinot Noir from the region.

The Lenswood vineyard was planted in 1999, with one block out performing the rest of the plantings. Now those mature vines make this single-vineyard release, in limited quantities, when the vintage conditions are conducive.

This is a fine, elegant example of Pinot Noir, much more about finesse than blockbusting fruit which can often characterise Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir.

It's an outstanding wine and surely one of the best examples of Pinot Noir in the Adelaide Hills.

A Pinot Noir of delicacy and fragrance, with fresh acid, and subtle
layers of flavour and texture.

Hand-picked and hand-sorted, then long slow ferments in wood and stainless steel vats, followed by 10 months in 500 litre puncheon, 30% new.

Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
Blend: Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV: 13.50%
Closure: 750ml
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93 Points - "Pinot is a challenged commodity in the Hills these days – it is simply becoming too warm. Mid-weighted and sappy, the tannins a beam of judicious oak and whole-bunch influence. Chinotto, Seville orange, vanilla and marasca cherry. Lots of flavour and sassy medicinal undertones. While delicious, the wine is a bit simple, at least at this nascent stage. Time will tell." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

97 Points - "Good depth of red-purple colour, bright, the bouquet quite foresty in a strongly whole-bunchy style, dark and red cherry, blackberry and raspberry nuances, some clove/ginger/angelica traces, complex and beguiling. Great palate intensity with fine grained tannins and plenty of extract backing it up. A multi-dimensional pinot which entertains to the last." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

95 Points - "It’s a tight, controlled, convincing wine. It’s reserved and taut but it still managed to have me at hello. Smoky oak, boysenberried fruit, a wealth of soft, fragrant herb notes and a dry-but-velvety finish. There’s a lot going on here but nothing juts or hardens. There’s gloriousness to be had here." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

92 Points - "Planted in 1999, the Lenswood site sits at 500m in elevation. This is purely 114 clone in-bedded in loam over clay and shale soils. Potent black cherry, mulberry and Nyon olive with hints of Açai berry and sage leaf. Dried coconut husk, cardamom pods and pepperberry follow. The wine is weighted and sturdy in the mid palate, with that signature dense black fruit and a lingering carob and clay finish. Tannins are silty and acidity peaks in rolling waves. The Lenswood Pinot has its own style and definitely the more savoury Pinot Noir in their range. It has the structure to age and continue to develop complexities. Drink now or hold for up to 8 years. Drink with duck confit." - Shanteh Wale (Wine Pilot)

Customer Reviews

Shaw + Smith

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

Founded by cousins Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw, together over 30+ 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.

Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw - Adelaide Hills, SA Shaw + Smith

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