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Shaw & Smith

Address :
Lot 4 Jones Road
Balhannah  SA
Phone : 08 8398 0500 
Fax : 08 8398 0600 
Email : info@shawandsmith.com
Web-site : www.shawandsmith.com
Opening times : Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 4pm

Stunning minimalist design winery/cellar door is as you'd expect for the very modern wines of Shaw & Smith. Their sauvignon blanc is justifiably one of Australia's best sellers but the real gems are the M3 Chardonnay and Shiraz. Look out for cellar door exclusives - riesling and pinot noir.
This is serious wine tasting where you'll learn as well as enjoy.

* * * * * James Halliday Wine Companion

The Adelaide Hills is one of the most exciting wine regions. Although grapes were planted as early as 1839, it was not until the early 1980's that modern viticulture emerged.
Today there are 54 Adelaide Hills wine labels with over 3000 ha of vineyard planted and more planned for the future.
The region is strikingly beautiful with its patchwork of forests, farms, orchards and vineyards.

Because of its distinctive cool climate, the grapes grown in the Hills have wonderful fruit composition, particularly in depth and spectrum of flavour, natural acid balance and overall finesse.
Grape varieties best suited to the Adelaide Hills are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are more marginal, but perform well on certain sites with some experimentation with Viognier, Nebbiolo and Tempranillo.

In 1994 Shaw + Smith planted 28-ha of vines at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills.This vineyard is the home of Shaw and Smith's 'single vineyard' M3 Chardonnay and consistently produces outstanding chardonnay fruit. The balance of the vineyard is planted to sauvignon blanc and is a vital component of our Sauvignon Blanc blend each year. The M3 Vineyard is close planted and uses vertical shoot positioning, the canopy configuration that has been so successful in the region. The soil is sandy loam over red-yellow clay with some shale.

In September 1999 Shaw + Smith purchased 46 ha on Jones Road between Balhannah and Hahndorf. The property is blessed with wonderful views of Mt Lofty and is ideally suited to viticulture.
As well as the home for our winery, the Balhannah property is the site of our single vineyard Riesling and Pinot Noir wines and contributes to the fruit sourced for our Sauvignon Blanc. Just behind the winery, on a prized northerly aspect, has recently been planted to Shiraz. The soil is sandy loam over red clay with underlying quartzite and shale.

A new winery was built for vintage 2000, which houses Shaw + Smith's production, marketing and administration. A new bottling line was installed in 2002, ensuring we now have full control of every aspect of production ý from grape berry to bottle. The winery design was a collaboration between Asbroek Engineering, JBG Architects and Christopher Connell Design. The winery has a wonderful contemporary feel throughout with a private dining room available for functions and events. Tasting Room and wine sales open Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm.

Customers are encouraged to purchase a flight of wine by the glass or buy a bottle of their favourite Shaw + Smith wine. Each tasting flight comes with its own tasting mat allowing people to learn the secrets of the wine and is complemented by a specially chosen cheese plate. In the summer the terrace is the spot to sit looking out towards the Mount Lofty Ranges, while winter's alternative is to relax on the lounge by the open fire.
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