Staff Selections • J'Kalein Madison
Seasonal Pick 2023
Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc
(Adelaide Hills, Australia)
Balance is the word that comes to mind when I think of this gem of a Sauvignon Blanc from Adelaide Hills. It’s also how one could describe cousins Michael Hill Smith and Martin Shaw and their sustainable vineyards tucked away just inland from the Southern Australian coast. While New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs still dominate, this emerging region is worth paying attention to. The altitude and cool ocean breezes in Adelaide Hills create the perfect equation for bright citrus aroma to fill the glass. Leading with notes of pink grapefruit, fresh green apple, and lemon/lime, this bottle takes you on a beautiful journey, balanced by a healthy dose of acidity for freshness and the subtle hint of herbaceous flavor we’ve all come to know and love with Sauvignon Blancs. This bottle changed my perception of the variety and is now a staple in my wine rack at home. While it’s easily a “solo-sipper”, this bottle has enough balance to pair with your favorite Mediterranean style meal or to serve as the perfect partner to the crudités platter at your next party! ¡Salud!