Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir 2012 (Adelaide Hills, SA)
12.5%, Screwcap, $45
This is underdone.
It seems rude to say so given just how painstaking the attention to detail is at Shaw + Smith, but this looks just a little underdone, the fruit more vinous and less ‘dry-red’ than in previous years, but with quite aggressive acidity and a sappy edge that doesn’t quite let this flow.
Ultimately carrying much more ‘pinosity’ than in some vintages, yet just a little too light to satisfy, suggesting the quest for delicacy has come at a cost of fruit weight.
Score: 16.5/20, 88/100
Would I buy it? Not quite.