2020 Shaw & Smith Shiraz
Forty percent whole bunch inclusion with maturation taking place in French oak for a period of 14 months. Totally opaque black dark red colour with a deep dark red black tinged hue. Expressive red currant and red liquorice aromas infused with a combination of graphite, dried herbs and stalky cedar are trailed by some smoked meat and white pepper notes. Mid weighted and elegant, the supple entry features red plum and liquorice fruits infused with dried clove over a back drop of peppered meats, smoky cedar and spice. Fine grained tannins are complimented by a nicely balanced freshness. Long savoury blackpepper and dried herb infused conclusion.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
We don’t seem to have seen the 2019 but in any case here we are at the 2020 release. It’s generally considered as tough vintage in these parts but you wouldn’t know it here.
It feels neat and composed though it also boasts excellent concentration of fruit flavour. This puts the runs on the board and lets them speak for themselves. Kirsch, boysenberry, smoked bacon and cedarwood flavours, though the driver here is fruit and lots of it. Tannin, integrated, keeps things taut-enough, while twiggy spice notes add breadth. The aromatics of this wine are quite wonderful, all sweet berried and exuberant, and the palate too is in fine form. Drink 2024-2030+
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front
A wine of towering richness and complexity, black cherries, liquorice, black pepper. Close your eyes, and this shiraz will give you a magic carpet ride to the upper reaches of the Rhone Valley. Most remarkable is the freshness of the wine, and the dark spices of a night time drink.
James Halliday – The Weekend Australian