Awarded 97 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2019 edition article: Decanter buyer's guide: Australian Chardonnay (see blue link below).
S+S Lenswood Chardonnay 2016 - April 2019 Decanter review
Shaw + Smith was established in 1989 by cousins Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw. They make wines exclusively from the Adelaide Hills, from varieties that suit the cooler climate: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Shaw + Smith own two vineyards, in Lenswood and Balhannah. Balhannah is also home to the winery.
Growing the best possible grapes, managing vineyards sustainably, and valuing vine health, soil health, and low yields are central to the Shaw + Smith approach. In the pursuit of quality, all grapes continue to be hand-picked, and the wines are fermented, aged and bottled on site at Balhannah. The wines are vibrant, medium bodied expressions of their varieties that reflect their sites and region. As the business has grown Michael and Martin have built a formidable team to continue the evolution of Shaw + Smith, including Master of Wine David LeMire, Senior Winemaker Adam Wadewitz, Business Manager Grant Lovelock and Group Viticulturist Murray Leake.
"Our winemaking style isn’t prescriptive: it’s informed by the season, the vineyard and the vineyard sections that we’re working with - it is thoughtful and considered because that’s the way that you get to understand things better and incrementally improve."
To see an excellent information sheet and tasting note for this wine, which has been prepared by the team at Shaw + Smith, please click on the blue link below.
Shaw + Smith Lenswood Chardonnay 2016 - fiche technique
An elegant single vineyard Chardonnay, with aromas of blossom, grapefruit and white peach complemented by notes of brioche. The palate is long and flavoursome, with good mid-palate texture and bright acidity to balance the intensity of fruit.
ABV = 13.0%.