|Shaw & Smith Sauv
Not feeling the love this year
Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Adelaide Hills, SA)
12.5%, Screwcap, $25
Don’t believe the (2011 vintage) hype.
Seriously don’t, for the ‘worst vintage ever’ generalisations are probably best described as ‘inadequate’ and at worse described as ‘misleading’, particularly when the strength of the ’11 WA or Hunter Valley vintages are taken into account.
It was a problematic (wet, cold and wet again) vintage in the Hills though and – to my tastes at least – said conditions have taken a toll on this wine.
Typically a very reliable and consistent white wine, this 2011 Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc carries a quite neutral, grassy nose over a slightly unripe lean palate. It starts correctly, with some passionfruit juiciness, but the hard and acidic finish is stunted and the length missing in action. It’s obviously well made but I’m not convinced that the base juice itself looks balanced enough for real satisfaction. 15.8/86