- 100% Shiraz
Shaw and Smith’s aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that stand amongst the best of their type in Australia. Established in 1989 by cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith, their wines are made from a number of sites throughout the Adelaide Hills, ensuring they reflect the best qualities of the grape variety and the terroir of the region.
They specialise in grape varieties suited to the cooler climate, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The Sauvignon Blanc is sourced predominently from their own vineyards at Woodside and Balhannah where soil structures are shallow, red/brown loam over schist and clay. The M3 vineyard is 42 hectares at an average of 420 metres, was planted in 1994 and produces the iconic M3 Chardonnay. For the Shiraz, the warmer sub-area of Maccesfield gives structure and richness, whilst the Balhannah vineyard contributes spiciness and perfume. Their wines show wonderful fruit composition particularly in depth and spectrum of flavour, natural acid balance and overall finesse.There is an excitement about each of their wines that has made them one of the most successful producers in our portfolio. Comments such as "easily the best Sauvignon Blanc in Australia" (Matt Skinner) and "the Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay points the way for all aspiring top-level chardonistas" (Huon Hooke), show that they are getting world-wide recognition for their elegant, well-made wines.
Top 50 Wines of the Year 2014, Decanter Magazine, December 2014
Australian Shiraz Trophy, International Wine Challenge 2014
"Quite probably the best vintage of this wine to date from Shaw & Smith. Aromas of wet brick mortar, dark stones, pepper and mild spice, red plum and black cherry – a whirl of whole-bunch complexity. The palate has compressed tannins and a smooth, polished, textural build, gentle oak sweetness and a calm yet strong finish. Impeccably suave." 19/20 (96 points). -Decanter Magazine, July 2014