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Shaw and Smith Balhannah Shiraz

Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Shaw and Smith

Established in 1989 by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith, Shaw and Smith’s aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that stand amongst the best of their type in Australia...

The wines are made exclusively from fruit grown in the Adelaide Hills, one of Australia’s coolest and most exciting regions. Shaw and Smith specialise in grape varieties suited to the cooler climate, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay and also make fantastic wines from Shiraz and Pinot Noir. Their wines consistently win medals and trophies at international wine competitions.

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This is the first release of this wine. 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.

Vintage information

2013 was a fine growing season, with some warm days balanced by consistently cool nights. It was relatively dry and grapes ripened a touch earlier than usual. The weather leading up to harvest was also mostly dry, ensuring perfectly healthy fruit.


The Shiraz was hand picked and fermented as predominantly whole bunches (70%) and the remainder whole berries, in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal intervention. No berries were harmed during the making of this wine! It was aged in 500 litre French oak puncheons for fourteen months, followed by a further fourteen months in bottle.

Tasting Notes

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.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Winemaker Martin Shaw & Adam Wadewitz
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 6g/l
Residual Sugar 0.5g/l
Wine pH 3.57