Sauvignon Blanc is a regional specialty in the cool climate wine region of Adelaide Hills, and The Wine Advocate calls Shaw & Smith the benchmark producer for Australian Sauvignon. The winery has huge pedigree, as owner Michael Smith was the first Australian to pass the rigorous Master of Wine examination and cousin Martin Shaw was the creator of the Flying Winemaker project. The Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc is estate grown from their Balhannah and Lenswood vineyards, located just east of Adelaide. Medium-bodied with unusual richness, there are strong notes of fresh cut grapefruit, citrus and tropical fruit flavors.
"This is the benchmark for (tank fermented, pure) Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc. The 2022 Sauvignon Blanc has sweet green pea, green apple skins, juniper, rosemary, a hint of nashi pear and layers of jasmine tea and spice. This is, as usual, very fine and spicy, with purity and textural complexity side by side. Pear skin. Pretty." The Wine Advocate, 93 Points
"Very fresh nose with a wide spectrum of aromas, ranging from forthrightly grassy and fresh-basil notes to gooseberry, grapefruit and passion fruit, this is a juicy and elegant Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc. Long, racy finish. Drink now. Screw cap." James Suckling, 93 Points