`Lenswood Vineyard` Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir

Adelaide Hills

Shaw + Smith

Established in 1989 by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW, Shaw +...

Smith's aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that stand among the best of their type in Australia. The wines are made exclusively from fruit grown in the Adelaide Hills, one of Australia's coolest and most exciting regions. Shaw + Smith specialise in grape varieties suited to cooler climates, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and also make fantastic wines from Shiraz and Pinot Noir.

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Vineyards

First planted in 1999, the Lenswood vineyard combines high altitude (455 to 500 metres above sea level), mature vines, and diverse aspects, including cool east and south facing blocks on soils of brown loam over clay with some broken shale. Following significant investments to improve the vineyard since its acquisition by Shaw + Smith in 2012, it is a great source for wines that can stand alone as single vineyard releases, with the balance to reward ageing.

Vintage Information

September’s start to the growing season was warmer than average leading to good canopy and fruit development. January rainfall provided relief from early warmer temperatures and was timely to aid fruit development through the ripening period, resulting in healthy fruit being harvested two weeks earlier than average.

Vinification

The grapes were hand picked and hand sorted, before being tipped into open fermenters, either as whole bunches (around 30%) or destemmed whole berries. Long, gentle fermentation and maceration followed, then 14 months in French oak puncheons, of which one third were new. The wine is unfiltered and unfined.

Tasting Notes

The Lenswood Vineyard gives a Pinot Noir of delicacy and fragrance, with fresh acid, and subtle layers of flavour and texture. The 2016 shows prettiness and structure, with mid-palate generosity and open-ness, and intense perfume.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Winemaker Martin Shaw & Adam Wadewitz
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.5g/l
Residual Sugar 0.03g/l
Wine pH 3.71