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.
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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