Blind tasting triumph for Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir 2018

Shaw + Smith’s Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2018 has been chosen by Richard Hemming MW as Wine of the Week on following a recent blind tasting organised by the producer in Singapore.

The wine was pitted against eight others, including well-respected Pinot Noirs from Sonoma, Central Otago and three 'respectable' burgundies, including an Échezeaux. Three Shaw + Smith wines were included: two Adelaide Hills wines plus their Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot from Tasmania. 

He writes,“Here is a Pinot Noir that outranked some of the best names in Burgundy…It is a stylish, powerfully scented style where the addition of 20% whole bunches in the fermentation has created the sort of stemmy, herbal and soy flavours that I particularly like in Pinot Noir…"

"Beneath that aromatic complexity is sturdy, bright red fruit that drives the long finish and suggests there is ample cellaring potential. At the same time, however, the wine is entirely ready to drink, with barely tangible tannins and juicy acidity on the finish. Furthermore, it would be a shame to lose such vivid primary fruit, so I would have no reservation in drinking this wine now.”⁠

⁠The joint top score of 17.5 points⁠ also went to Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018, which also impressed. His blind tasting notes comment, "Generous, full, fleshy. Has the Australian fruity character on the palate and a long, complex finish which combines oak and earth well."