The 2007 vintage growing season was overall very warm and dry.
Spring frosts affected certain parts of the Adelaide Hills, hence quantities
were down a little but not dramatically. The Adelaide Hills had a good
vintage in terms of quantity and quality with the flavours of Sauvignon
Blanc more in the tropical and less herbaceous spectrum. Palate weight
Whole bunches are crushed, chilled and pressed then undergo
fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.
Does not undergo any malolactic fermentation as we are looking
to retain fruit purity and natural acidity.
A benchmark for Australian Sauvignon Blanc. Made from 100%
Adelaide Hills grapes, the wine is unwooded to maximize varietal punch.
The aroma has restrained sauvignon grassiness coupled with riper fruit
characters. The palate is fresh and lively with pure varietal flavours
and crisp acidity.
Shaw & Smith Winery
Shaw + Smith began over a long lunch in 1989 when cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith decided to realize a long held dream to make wine together. They specialise in Sauvignon Blanc, a single vineyard Chardonnay, cool climate Shiraz and more recently small batches of Riesling and Pinot Noir. Our vision is to make exciting, refined wines exclusively from the Adelaide Hills that rank amongst Australia's best.
Shaw and Smith believe that sound environmental practices make sense. Our practical approach aims to respect the soil, cut water use, recycle, and cut energy and greenhouse emissions.
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With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales
- New South Wales has a variety of smaller wine growing regions. Many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations, leading to the more encompassing designation of New South Wales.
– A small percentage of Australia’s winemaking occurs on the West Coast. The largest Australian state, Western Australia, includes the appellations Margaret River and Great Southern.
– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in Australia.
Like the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of
Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
I bought this wine on a whim, and I was pleasantly surprised. It has a very nice, crisp taste, but is not too acidic. I especially loved the tartness of it. It has some sweetness to it, but is not sickeningly sweet.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.