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Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
Grape: Pinot Noir
First Glance: Pretty, polished and elegant
Acclaim: 93+ points
One of the more recent endeavours at Shaw + Smith, they only started commercially bottling their Pinot Noir in 2007. Hand picked and sorted. Made with a combination of whole berry and whole bunch (20%) fermentation. Fifteen days on skins. Matured in French oak, mainly puncheon.
A prime example Hills Pinot, the magic of this bottling is showing how great this variety can be in this corner of SA. Made rather classically, without too many bells and whistles or idiosyncratic winemakin. It is well crafted, restrained and just right.
93+ points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
Love the tannin structure of this wine. It feels both perfumed and inlaid with fruit, but more impressively it sheets across the wine in a wide spread, integrated and balanced while at the same time being assertive. It gives the wine a bit of class, not that it lacked it in the first place. This is a polished release, with varietal red berried fruit flavours splashed with earth, chicory and dry spice. It’s ultra primary now, as you’d expect, but it feels settled, and so it’s already drinking well. Fruit and the formation of tannin here though are its main quality markers.