Bot­tle Stop

Tony Love

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - COVER STORY -

IF YOU had to nom­i­nate one wine that Ade­laide Hills, it would be the Shaw + Smith sauvignon blanc.

Just in case you might have a mid­dle-age mem­ory, the wine made its this year’s lat­est re­lease – due out in bot­tle shops next week – the 25th an­niver­sary out­ing.

As Shaw + Smith mar­ket­ing man too much has changed in that quar­ter Ar­gentina 1-0 in the World Cup soc­cer

sauvignon blanc, it has come a long way, he says.

The two cousins be­hind it, Martin Shaw as chief wine­maker and Michael carry the MW moniker, and now with AO honours as well, be­gan the busi­ness

“It started small and it re­tains a lot of its spirit and ethos from those early times,” David says.

“It’s still all hand-picked and all made with a great deal of care and at­ten­tion.”

The S+S team has ex­panded as the in a re­spected am­bas­sado­rial role, and two highly cre­den­tialed crafts­men in the front line of the wine­mak­ing process, viti­cul­tur­ist Ray Guerin and Adam Wade­witz as se­nior wine­maker.

Adam’s re­count­ing of the 2014 vin­tage makes it sound like a mir­a­cle any­thing came of it at all – a cool snap vine­yard yields across the Hills, a record-long sum­mer heat­wave of days above 40C and a dump of 140ml rain in one Fe­bru­ary night threw in the in­evitable vin­tage chal­lenges, but with sauvignon blanc once again.

The one dif­fer­ence this year is that they took in a lot more fruit from a re­cently ac­quired, higher al­ti­tude al­ti­tude, warmer vine­yards played a lesser role. The re­sult, says Adam, is great fruit in­ten­sity, ex­cel­lent acid­ity

Shaw + Smith 2014 sauvignon blanc ($25) does its thing from the out­set, vi­brant, lifted and ex­cit­ing aro­mas, as if you’ve mashed to­gether

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