If I had to pick just one weakness in the Shaw + Smith portfolio it is the Pinot Noir. Stylistically, this is a wine that has moved from bold and dry red-esque, to lean and underdone and now with the Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir 2019 it has finally hit Goldilocks mode (ie just right).
Crucially, this is largely Lenswood fruit, sourced from the S + S vineyard planted in 1999. From the first aromatic flicker of gentle red fruit this seems right. It’s vinous, varietal and well balanced, all rhubarb, redcurranf and then a flicker of vanilla oak before plenty of acidity.
Lithe. Beautifully formed. Correct acidity. It’s comfortably still Hills Pinot, complete with the mid palate fruit exuberance. And it all makes for a genuinely enjoyable wine that I could easily finish a bottle of.
Best drinking: probably better next year and for the next five, but why wait. 18.5/20, 94/100. 13%, $49. Would I buy it? Shaw would (boom tish).
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