From the winery block, and from Shaw + Smith's recently purchased Lenswood vineyard (higher and cooler); a hand-plunged mix of whole berry and whole bunches, with a pre-ferment cold soak and post-ferment maceration; matured in French barriques. A caboodle of every type of cherry fruit flavour, round and satisfying, long and well balanced. Needs time.
94 Points, Wine Companion
Some may find this fractionally under-fruited but for me that’s part of the charm. It’s a refreshing pinot noir, complex, with sweet cherried/strawberried/rose petal notes to the nose and mid palate and silken chalky-sourness to the finish. There’s spice and dry leaf notes but not a great amount of either. In short it drinks beautifully, and easily. Tossing up 92-93. Pleasure to be had.
92 points, Campbell Mattinson (September 2014)
This is pinot noir with strawberry, rose, lilac and other flowers. Medium to full body, firm tannins and bright acidity. A wine with tension and style. Needs a little time to soften, so try in 2016.
92 points, Nick Stock (March 2015)
ADELAIDE HILLSLocated to the east of Adelaide,the Adelaide Hills is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Considered a cool-climate region, most vineyards are situated at elevations between 450 to 550 metres. Rainfall is relatively high and spring frosts often pose problems. Hot northerly winds also make bush fires a real threat in the region. Adelaide Hills is a jigsaw of meso-climates, with the best vineyards centred around Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood in protected sites facing north or north-east. Soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock; typically well-drained sandy loams over red clay interspersed with schistic gravels. A premium wine-growing region, Adelaide Hills is best known for crisp, lively Sauvignon Blanc and elegant cool climates styles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.