2021 Shaw & Smith Pinot Noir
From the terrific 2021 vintage, fruit was sourced predominately from Shaw & Smith’s Lenswood vineyard which was planted in 1999. Fermented with 30% whole bunch fruit and matured in French oak.
Dark red in colour with black shaded edges and a bright red purple tinged hue. Perfumed like scents of violets, strawberries and red to dark cherries intermix with hints of anise, fresh herbs, light forest floor and spicy cedar. Delicious red cherry and strawberry fruits combine with some anise over a back drop of forest floor, infusions of fresh herbs and spicy cedar. Polished tannins. Concludes vibrant and fresh with a long juicy red fruited aftertaste.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
Love the tannin structure of this wine. It feels both perfumed and inlaid with fruit, but more impressively it sheets across the wine in a wide spread, integrated and balanced while at the same time being assertive. It gives the wine a bit of class, not that it lacked it in the first place. This is a polished release, with varietal red berried fruit flavours splashed with earth, chicory and dry spice. It’s ultra primary now, as you’d expect, but it feels settled, and so it’s already drinking well. Fruit and the formation of tannin here though are its main quality markers. Drink 2023-2029+
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front