Home in the Hills.
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 – Geo Weaver is one, Tim Knappstein another – so we took a punt on it, and the rest is history I suppose.”