Samuel Smith & Son is a well respected, family-owned wine merchant established in 1923, servicing the liquor industry of Australia with a blue chip portfolio of national and international wines, spirits and premium ales and embracing a philosophy of knowledge, service and friendship.
Our head office is located in Adelaide with branches in all Australian states and territories.
"Our commitment to being recognised as the most respected merchant of fine wines, select whisky and superior ales remains absolute."
Robert Hill Smith
Craighall is the premium Chardonnay from the prized blocks of Mendoza cloned vines, most of which are now 30 years old. A bright stone fruit and citrus blossom bouquet and sleek, with driven mineralityforming the key cohesive and finely crafted 2012 vintage.
The has elegance, balance, minerality, tension and drive. On the nose, ripe stone-fruit meets white-flower perfume, these primary characters leading effortlessly into more savoury, melded, brioche-like fermentation characters on the palate.
The Beechworth ‘terroir’ has a distinctive fruit character of pear/peach fruit.
The oak has minimal impact by using older French oak and mainly puncheons.
The warm year has meant less citrus lift but has bran meal notes from the wild ferment and extended lees contact.
The palate is quite rich with zesty acid line through to the finish.
Sound fruit and excellent ripeness. Typical mid density colour meaning this is an elegant supple Graveyard Shiraz.
The older, large format French oak integrates perfectly with sweetness and fine tannins. The fruit spectrum for Graveyard Shiraz is about red cherries and almost Pinot-like Campari notes. Medium bodied palate but with ripe tannins and a juicy acidity that will keep the wine in good stead for many years.
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