Shaw and Smith is one of the names responsible for the astronomical popularity of sauvignon blanc in Australia. 2009 marks the 20th vintage for this wine, which has practically reached icon status amongst Australia's white wine drinkers.
The 2009 Shaw and Smith opens to a pungent, grassy fragrance with mineral overtones laced throughout tinned pineapple and lemon zest aromas. Smooth and viscous with an oily undercarriage, its somewhat dirty, tropical fruit, lime and melon flavours show suggestions of juicy, mineral and savoury complexities, followed by lasting notes of kiwi fruit and herb. It's rather round and generous, finishing with good persistence of flavour, bitter tones and soft, almost creamy acids, but it lacks the regal balance for a higher score.
O This is a softer rendition of Shaw and Smith's style, with its restrained varietal fruit giving way to more savoury, textural, herbal complexity, but it hasn't quite won the match. Drink to 2010.