Shaw + Smith, `Balhannah` Adelaide Hills Shiraz, 6 x 75cl
This is the first release of Shaw + Smith, `Balhannah` Adelaide Hills Shiraz. Fruit was sourced from close-planted low yielding vines at Shaw + Smith's Balhannah Vineyard in the central Adelaide Hills, planted in 2005. The distinctive site has always shown potential for a single site wine, and in this particular year the fruit was outstanding. It has a north-facing aspect and the soils are loam over clay, ironstone, quartzite and shale. Low yields are achieved by aggressive pruning and pre-harvest bunch thinning.Shaw + Smith, `Balhannah` Adelaide Hills Shiraz is crimson in colour with purple at the rim. The nose is very perfumed - rose petals, dried herbs, and red berries. Initially it's generous on the palate, with boysenberry, mulberry, and blueberry notes. Then more layers of flavour and texture reveal themselves. Some cinnamon, some fennel seed, some rhubarb; fine but firm tannins that extend the palate, accompanied throughout by fresh acidity and intense perfume.
Shaw + Smith, Adelaide Hills Shiraz is true to style with particular opulence and generosity: a reflection of an excellent warm yet even season.