Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2015
is the 26th vintage that Shaw + Smith has made and is bright and aromatic with notes of grapefruit, nashi pear and nettles. On the palate there is intense flavour with fresh, limey fruit, mouthwatering acidity and remarkable purity.
The hand-picked, whole bunches were destemmed, crushed, chilled, gently pressed and then underwent cool fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The wine was matured on the lees for a short period and was bottled early under screwcap to retain crispness and eliminate cork taint.
2015 was a remarkable vintage. Above average winter rainfall ensured a good start to the growing season and warm weather in late December/early January was moderated by useful rain on the 13th of January. The season concluded with mild, steady conditions and delivered fruit of wonderful quality to the winery. As can be tasted in Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2015.
Established in 1989 by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith, Shaw and Smiths aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that stand amongst the best of their type in Australia. The wines are made exclusively from fruit grown in the Adelaide Hills, one of Australias coolest and most exciting regions. Shaw and Smith specialise in grape varieties suited to the cooler climate, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay and also make fantastic wines from Shiraz and Pinot Noir. Their wines consistently win medals and trophies at international wine competitions.
Grapes were sourced from selected sites throughout the Adelaide Hills with the core of the blend coming from Shaw and Smiths own vineyards at Balhannah, Woodside and Lenswood. Generally soil structures in the region are shallow, red/brown loam over schist and clay. High density vine planting with an average of 2,700 vines per hectare, cane pruned and with vertical shoot positioned canopies.