Im a big fan of cool(er) climate Shiraz. Despite the fact in South Australia we are surrounded by mainly warm climate regions, it is with relief I taste more and more of the cool climate wines. I would put them in a separate category to the warm climate Shiraz. They are more medium bodied than full bodied, ripe red-fruit rather than jammy dark fruit. Complementing food rather than being a meal in itself.
The Shaw & Smith Shiraz from 2010 provides great intensity on the nose, with warm spices and white pepper/green peppercorns. Ripe plums, red fruits and some subtle roasted meats round things out.
On the palate it’s good intensity, and that soft and velvety mouthfeel. It does have darker fruit and more black pepper, with some warming alcohol. A nice savouriness adds complexity. A luscious long finish with hints of menthol/eucalypt. This is a fuller bodied style than I expected. A silky and elegant wine which is a pleasure to drink, either now or for another 10 years.
Region: Adelaide Hills
Source: Provided by producer