Adelaide Hills winery Shaw + Smith buys Tassie vineyard

Adelaide Hills winery Shaw + Smith has bought a vineyard in Tasmania and will make a new range of Tassie wines from it, starting in the 2012 vintage. The winery, owned by cousins Michael Hill Smith and Martin Shaw, is already one of the leading small wineries in Australia, with outstanding chardonnay and shiraz, and its sauvignon blanc occupies a status akin to the “Cloudy Bay of Australia”.

The vineyard they bought is the 20-hectare Toldpuddle Vineyard in the Coal River Valley near Hobart. It was established in 1988 and has supplied highly-valued grapes to Domaine Chandon, Hardys, Heemskerk and others, and its grapes have gone into luxury wines such as Arras, Eileen Hardy Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and Domaine Chandon Tasmanian Cuvee.

Martin Shaw says his wines will not be branded Shaw + Smith, but probably Tolpuddle Vineyard, and will be limited to still wines of the two varieties already planted: pinot noir and chardonnay. S + S is the second mainland company to buy into the exciting Tassie wine industry in recent times. Brown Brothers bought Tamar Ridge late last year. Both companies see the move partly as insurance against global warming.

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