It’s not that easy to make great wine, it’s even harder to build a great wine brand… a brand that people know and trust. Shaw + Smith is just that brand, established in 1989 by cousins Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw. They make wines exclusively from the Adelaide Hills, from varieties that suit the cooler climate: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Shaw + Smith own two vineyards, in Lenswood and Balhannah. This offer see’s the release of their Individual Vineyard series of wines. The wines are available in small quantities and are some the finest we have seen from the overachievers at Shaw + Smith. As is that wasn’t enough, Michael and Martin headed off to Tasmania in 2011 looking for the perfect site capable of producing world class Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, enter Tolpuddle Vineyard, established in 1988 - the climate is cool and dry - ideal conditions to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of exceptional quality. Michael and Martin firmly believe Tolpuddle will be a great Australian single vineyard. We agree! Sadly there was no Pinot Noir released under the Tolpuddle label in 2019, but we do have the Tolpuddle Chardonnay and what a Chardonnay it is! Cheers, Best Cellars
Tolpuddle Tolpuddle Vineyard was established in 1988 and it took its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs: English convicts transported to Tasmania for forming an agricultural union. The leader of the Martyrs, George Loveless, served some of his sentence working on a property near Richmond, part of which is now Tolpuddle Vineyard.
The vineyard is planted with mature Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines, facing north-east, and sloping gently up from Back Tea Tree Road. The soil is light silica over sandstone and of moderate vigour, ensuring well-balanced vines producing grapes of great flavour and intensity
Shaw + Smith Shaw + Smith own two vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, at Balhannah and Lenswood, totalling 55 hectares. The vineyards are planted to varieties that perform particularly well in the region, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
Site selection is particularly important in the Adelaide Hills, with its diversity of altitude, aspect, microclimate, and soil. We also use a number of different cultivars or ‘clones’ of each grape variety, which contribute different qualities to the final product.