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.
Shaw And Smith Winery
136 Jones Rd, Balhannah,