Drunk September 2015 @ home
Fermented Grape tasting notes
As a big fan of Shaw + Smith's cool climate Shiraz from Australia's Adelaide Hills and the Pinot Noir gape, I was drinking this Pinot Noir 2012 vintage with high expectations.
Quite pale in the glass, light ruby, nice cherry aroma but not in a very expressive way. Cherry and redcurrant on the palate with definite acidity and smooth tannins with a lengthy finish. The balance of acidity and fruit gave the wine a distinctive freshness but without food it came across as a little austere. It was a not sure with this Shaw + Smith, not in the same class as the best New Zealand or Burgundy Pinot Noir but almost reminds me of Oregon. For the price I think I will stick to their Shiraz which is a superb wine.