Shaw and Smith produce a very good shiraz from the Adelaide Hills. I’ve previously extolled their 2006, and liked their 2008. Their 2009 vintage is different again. A medium intensity colour of purple, with evident tears in the glass at 14.5abv. A clean aroma of dark fruits and a touch of pepper with some intensity. On the palate, rather high acid (perhaps a touch too elevated), red fruits (plums), medium length and some pepper. This wine is very European in style, quite reminiscent of a Crozes-Hermitage. It may merit a higher score yet, but I suspect I am slightly grumpy with the wine for not picking it blind – something which is clearly the wine’s fault. 85 points.