Shaw + Smith has appointed winemaker Adam Wadewitz and sales and marketing specialist David LeMire MW as its new CEOs.
Established in 1989 by cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW, Shaw + Smith is an Adelaide Hills grape grower and winemaker.
LeMire joined Shaw + Smith in late 2010, Wadewitz in early 2013. Both have been involved in the management of Shaw + Smith over recent years and both are highly respected wine professionals.
Founders Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW will remain actively involved in the business. In addition, Shaw will become Executive Chair of Shaw + Smith and Hill Smith Executive Chair of sister company Tolpuddle Vineyard.
Shaw said: “Not only have David and Adam excelled in their specific areas of sales and marketing and winemaking, they are natural leaders with an excellent feel for business.
Smith added: “Most importantly both Adam and David are fully committed to the growing, making and selling of fine wine.”
The appointment of the new CEOS is effective July 1, 2020 and includes overseeing Tasmania’s Tolpuddle Vineyard.
One of the highest scoring wines in the International Wine Challenge 2019 was the Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2017, which received an impressive 97 points from the judges. It took out the Australian White Trophy.
The wine was described as “a world class modern Australian Chardonnay. Combining struck match with beautiful peach and citrus fruit. Flint and sea shell minerality and epic length.”
Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir was also the fast mover in Wine Ark’s Australia’s Most Collected Wines 2019 list, up 101 places and into the top 50.