2015 is a new level for this wine, due to high-altitude grape sourcing and a high percentage of whole bunches in the ferment. Root-vegetable aromas among the cherry notes, which the wine has the concentration and power to accommodate. Outstanding. 97 points, Huon Hooke. Gourmet Traveller Magazine (April 2017).
A lighter, more pure and elegant expression from Shaw+Smith in 2015, this has bright cherry compote and fresh cherry, spiced strawberries, pastry-like and biscuity savoury notes, gently meaty and peppery too, this has plenty of complexity and yet shows the purity of fruit very clearly, nicely delivered. Blue fruits as well as rose-like perfume, very subtle oak here. The palate has supple and fleshy fruit, tannins are fine and even, really sweet spices that are worked into the heart of the fruit, red cherry stone finish, very even, long and fired along by crystaline, vibrant acidity. This is their best Pinot to date. Drink now and for 6+ years. 96 points, Nick Stock (Top 100 Wines of Australia, jamessuckling.com, January 2017).
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.