Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills South Australia
Shaw & Smith are our nation's finest, with greater palate weight, freshness and appeal than the rest. A low yielding vineyard at Woodside sets the style of this enduring wine. Established 1994, it is the quality and expression of Woodside's fruit that is at the heart of the Shaw & Smith. A further component from the estate property at Balhannah contributes essential regional character, complexity and charm. Refreshingly unoaked and inimitably Adelaide Hills, enhanced by the vital, tangy and zippy flavours born of pampered vines and choice fruit.
Vines are cane pruned and use an arched cane pruning system. Canopy management plays an important role in controlling herbaceousness and achieving perfect flavour development. Supplemented by fruit from the Balhannah Vineyard, where the soils are free draining sandy loams over red clay with underlying quartzite and shale. The exclusively hand picked Sauvignon Blanc from these superlative sites is whole bunch crushed, chilled and pressed, treated to a cool vinification in temperature controlled fermenters followed by a term on yeast lees. Unwooded and unoaked, without any malolactic treatment or extended maturation, to retain fruit purity and vibrant natural acidity.
Vibrant pale straw with brilliant tinges. Unwooded to maximise varietal punch, the aroma has restrained Sauvignon grassiness coupled with riper fruit characters. Intense bouquets of tropical and citrus peel, a lively clean nose of ripe fruit and restrained herbaceousness. The palate is fresh and lively with pure varietal flavours and crisp acidity. Drink while young alongside salmon, poultry or deep sea scallops.