Shaw and Smith Shiraz 2009

Shaw and Smith produce a very good shiraz from the Adelaide Hills.  I've previously extolled their 2006, and liked their 2008.  Their 2009 vintage is different again.  A medium intensity colour of purple, with evident tears in the glass at 14.5abv.  A clean aroma of dark fruits and a touch of pepper with some intensity.  On the palate, rather high acid (perhaps a touch too elevated), red fruits (plums), medium length and some pepper.  This wine is very European in style, quite reminiscent of a Crozes-Hermitage.  It may merit a higher score yet, but I suspect I am slightly grumpy with the wine for not picking it blind - something which is clearly the wine's fault.  85 points.

Abv: 14.5%
Price: $30s
Website: http://www.shawandsmith.com/
Adelaide Hills
August 7, 2011
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