“Martin Shaw & Michael Hill-Smith’s Pinot has had a constant evolution, the style evolving from a robust, dry reddish Pinot to now more medium bodied and with a fruit source of Lenswood, higher up in the hills. Works too, with this Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir 2018 anything but heavy. In fact it’s rounded, mouthfilling and silken. Serve it to me blind and you’d be forgiven calling it Grenache, though without the warmer clime glycerol and alcohol. It arguably has less pinosity, but maybe more drinkability than some releases. Affable. Charming, if just a little too raspberried without the savour to match. Still, I challenge you not to like it.”
"That late vintage – and judicious early picking – has delivered a cool and elegant red, with a lucid, red cherry palate that is only medium bodied, lightly herbal and nice and fragrant. Imperceptible oak and all fruit, it’s a very pretty wine. But is it just a bit too lean? Is that quest for elegance at the expensive of true palate weight? Classy wine at every turn regardless."