Shaw + Smith, M3 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017

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    South Australia

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    Adelaide Hills

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  • Grape Blend:

    Chardonnay 100%

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  • Winemaker:

    Martin Shaw & Adam Wadewitz

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Shaw + Smith M3 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

The 'M3' opens with aromas of white flowers, grapefruit, and white peach. Notes of brioche and toast add complexity to the elegant fruit. The palate is long and flavoursome, with great texture and bright acidity. Savoury, toasty nuances from the oak are beautifully integrated and linger on the finish.

Production Notes

The grapes were chilled overnight, whole-bunch pressed, and then fermented in new and used French oak (one third of which was new). The wine was matured for nine months in oak with some lees stirring, then two months in tank on lees prior to bottling.

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Producer Profile

Shaw + Smith began over a long lunch in 1989 when cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith decided to realise a long held dream to make wine together. Their vision remains to make exciting, refined wines exclusively from the Adelaide Hills that rank among Australia's best. The wines are made from a number of sites throughout the Adelaide Hills. They specialise in grape varieties suited to the cooler climate, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz. The Sauvignon Blanc is sourced predominantly from their own vineyards at Balhannah and Lenswood. The original M3 vineyard was sold, as new clones and improved vineyard technology had left it a relic of an earlier period. Subsequently the grapes for this wine are now a selection of the estate's best fruit, a great deal of which now comes from Lenswood, a high-altitude vineyard they purchased in 2012. This is one of the reasons why M3 Chardonnay has taken such a leap forward in quality in recent years. For the Shiraz, the warmer sub-area of Macclesfield gives structure and richness, while the cooler Balhannah vineyard contributes spice and perfume. The single vineyard 'Balhannah' Shiraz is from a close planted north-facing block behind the winery. Plenty of whole bunches in the ferment and ageing in 500 litre French oak puncheons has resulted in a fragrant, intense and lively cool climate Shiraz. This is now joined by a single vineyard Chardonnay from their Lenswood vineyard. The cooler nights here (the highest of all Shaw + Smith's vineyards) give the wines from this site a characteristic steeliness and concentration. The winemaking dream-team consists of Martin Shaw and senior winemaker Adam Wadewitz, one of Australia's brightest winemaking talents. They work closely with viticulturalist Murray Leake, who succeeded Ray Guerin when he retired in 2015. Ray continues to consult. Their wines show wonderful varietal definition, particularly in the depth and spectrum of flavour, natural acid balance and overall finesse. There is an excitement about each of the Shaw + Smith wines that has made them one of the most successful producers in our portfolio.