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Halliday - - Sauvignon Blanc -

Sau­vi­gnon blanc is a grape that’s been planted all around Aus­tralia – from the Gran­ite Belt in Queens­land to Tas­ma­nia and WA, where it’s blended with semil­lon to pro­duce the white blend from Bordeaux. One re­gion that has really owned the va­ri­ety in Aus­tralia is the Ade­laide Hills, where Shaw + Smith has been pro­duc­ing it for al­most 30 years. “We wanted an un­oaked wine that was fresh and vi­brant, and re lected the cool cli­mate of the Ade­laide Hills. We just thought that sau­vi­gnon blanc was a va­ri­ety that would ab­so­lutely tick that box, ”says Shaw + Smith’s Martin Shaw.

“We asked ‘What are the va­ri­eties that would per­form best in the re­gion?’ and chardon­nay was a no-brainer, but sau­vi­gnon blanc was a va­ri­ety that would work really well. I’d seen there were a cou­ple of peo­ple who had small plant­ings of sau­vi­gnon blanc – GeoŒ Weaver is one, Tim Knapp­stein another – so we took a punt on it, and the rest is his­tory I sup­pose.”

Martin Shaw.

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