Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Sauvignon Blanc from Australia
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 fruit varietal flavors and crisp acidity.
Wine Spectator - "Dry and crisp, with a tangy grapefruit note leading a pack of citrus and herb flavors, finishing with a lively balance that lets the flavors echo. Drink now. 500 cases imported."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright straw. Spicy, mineral-accented lime, grapefruit and orange aromas, with subtle mineral and floral qualities building with air. Racy, focused and pure, with nervy citrus and pear flavors and a kick of white pepper on the back. Finishes brisk and pure, with good grip and a strong echo of lime. This would work really well with oysters."
Wine & Spirits - "Vibrant lime and nectarine flavors balance the grassiness of this young sauvignon. It's fresh and lean, a mouthwatering wine for lemon sole."
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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. View all Shaw & Smith Wines
About Other AustraliaView a map of Other Australia wineries
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- home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New South Wales appellation.
Western Australia– a small corner of Australia winemaking occurs on the opposite coast of the others. The largest state, Western Australia includes the smaller appellation of Margaret River.
Southeastern Australia– 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 the country.
About AustraliaLike 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.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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.