Adelaide Hills – Shaw + Smith

Adelaide Hills – Shaw + Smith

The second winery we visited on our Adelaide Hills Wine Tour was Shaw + Smith.

I had high hopes for this winery and was a bit disappointed. The tasting room is where the original restaurant was situated, it has a nice view out over the duck pond up to Mount Lofty.

 

My disappointment was the commercial nature of the tasting, the staff were helpful and knowledgeable, but the tasting was very impersonal and formulaic, which was the disappointing bit. The tasting was $12 per person and an accompanying cheese-plate was $6, so for $18 you get a decent taste of 5 wines paired with three cheeses. Our tasting line up was:

  • 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, recommended cheese pairing was the Ashed Cherve by the Woodside Cheese Wrights
  • 2016 Riesling, recommended cheese pairing was the Ashed Cherve by the Woodside Cheese Wrights
  • 2015 M3 Chardonnay, recommended cheese pairing was the Triple Cream Brie by the Woodside Cheese Wrights
  • 2014 Pinot Noir, recommended cheese pairing was the Mature Clothed Cheddar by Alexandrina Cheese
  • 2104 Shiraz, recommended cheese pairing was the Mature Clothed Cheddar by Alexandrina Cheese

Whilst it was an “OK” tasting it was not great, no personality. I did not feel the inclination to buy anything, not sure if it was because nothing grabbed me, the commercial nature of the place or a combination of both, probably the latter. Read more

2017 March Wine Reviews 2

2017 March Wine Reviews 2

My second batch of Wine Reviews for 2017 are from the February Brown Bag Dinner in Singapore. The theme for the night was Cabernet

What have you been tasting?

From this batch my favourites are the:

  • 1998 Grosset Gaia
  • 1990 Wynn’s Coonawarra Estate John Riddoch
  • 2008 Masottina Al Palazzi Riserva
  • 2011 Trinchero Cloud’s Nest Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2007 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon

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2017 March Wine Reviews 1

2017 March Wine Reviews 1

And now back to normal transmission. 2017 March Wine Reviews is my first set of Wine Reviews for 2017, I have a lot of catching up to do!

What have you been tasting?

From this batch my favourites are the:

  • 2009 Moet & Chandon Brut Grand Vintage
  • 2006 Cascina Bruni Barolo Batistot Riserva
  • 1994 Penfolds Bin 389
  • 2009 Ashton Hills Sparkling Clare Valley Shiraz

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