Shaw + Smith
One of Australia's Leading Wineries Championing A 'From Vine to Glass' Ethos, Located In The Adelaide Hills
One of Australia’s leading wineries Shaw + Smith, excels with an unwavering integrity of quality ‘from vine to glass’‘.
Pioneers of cool-climate winemaking, Shaw + Smith’s location in the Adelaide Hills is the secret to their success. Shaw + Smith was established in 1989 by cousins Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw, and in 2000 they built their winery at Balhannah in the Adelaide Hills. Now, Shaw + Smith oversee two large vineyards in Balhannah and Lenswood, altogether totalling 55 hectares. Geographically, the Hills location creates a flavour and fragrance which empowers the wines, enabling their individuality to shine. The altitude and soil are major contributing factors, and the microclimate created in the Hills is by far a key ingredient in their winning recipe. The grapes grown are diverse, with Shaw + Smith using different cultivars or ‘clones’ of each grape variety.
In addition to their location, Shaw + Smith’s global perspective is their strength, incorporating this into their unique production. Their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are all aged in French oak barrels, utilising the barrels 3-4 times before they are consciously recycled. Their stand-out single-vine Riesling and incredibly celebrated Sauvignon Blanc (which makes up 70% of Shaw + Smith’s overall production) are fermented in stainless steel barrels, enclosing crisp, fresh flavours from the white grapes.
Shaw + Smith celebrate the beauty of natural occurrences during the overall growing, picking and fermentation process, with certain batches of their work winning prized awards, and earlier this year, Shaw + Smith’s Pinot Noir 2016 took out the no.1 spot in the ‘Hot 100 Wines’ as voted by The Adelaide Review.
The winemakers recently launched their inaugural Shaw + Smith Scholarship in March 2018, to emphasise the importance of wine education and first-hand experience. For those residing in Hong Kong and Singapore, Shaw + Smith provide the opportunity to budding winemakers to experience a week working in the Adelaide Hills for the 2019 harvest, followed by a visit to the equally game-changing Tolpuddle Winery in Tasmania.
The Shaw + Smith Tasting Rooms is the best place to experience their world-renowned wines, in front of their vineyards and Australian landscape of rolling hills, eucalyptus trees and blue skies. Designed by Melbourne-based designer Chris Connell Design, the Shaw + Smith Tasting Rooms were named ‘Best Cellar Door 2018’ by Gourmet Traveller Wine this year. The Rooms provide valuable insight into their entire process: harvesting, production, and most importantly, what makes their location in the Adelaide Hills so significant. The Shaw + Smith ‘Wine Flight’ includes a tasting of all 5 of Shaw + Smith’s wines (current releases), including a platter of local cheeses to accompany each glass. The Tasting Room also offers a ‘Limited Release Wine Flight’, introducing single-site or aged release wines served with key South Australian artisanal produce. For wine enthusiasts, the ‘Friday Table’ experience is exclusive and provides a rare insight into Shaw + Smith’s unique production. Or, a vineyard and winery tour can be taken, followed by an in-depth tutored tasting and lunch in the Shaw + Smith Map Room.
A must visit both for locals and visitors, the Shaw + Smith Tasting Rooms is an exceptional destination celebrating the craftsmanship and commitment by one of the best winemakers in the world, right here in South Australia.