Shaw & Smith `M3` Chardonnay 2010 (6 x 750mL), Adelaide Hills, SA.

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Overview

M3 is at the forefront of the on-going refinement and evolution of Australian Chardonnay.

We aim for elegance, restraint and the capacity to age in bottle which reflects the cooler growing conditions of the Adelaide Hills.

Region:
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

The formula is tried and true; handpicked whole bunch pressed in a cool environment; wild yeast barrel fermentation in a refrigerated cuverie, lees contact and partial malolactic fermentation with a neutral innoculant; stone fruit, citrus, cashew and fig all combine seamlessly on the long and flawless palate. Rating 96 -

James Halliday’s Top 100 Wines, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 19-20th November 2011, Page 32

Winery Tasting Notes

The 2010 M3 Chardonnay, whilst young and unevolved, shows the restraint and finesse that we always try to achieve.

Aroma

With orange blossom, lemon peel, and nectarine aromas, the impression on the nose is very much of freshness and purity.

Palate

There is a seamlessness to the palate, with malo and oak both virtually imperceptible. On the palate the lively fruit drives through to the finish, with just a touch of creaminess and nutty complexity in the mid-palate.

Cellaring Potential

Now until 2015.

The Vineyard

Sourced primarily from the Shaw + Smith M3 Vineyard at Woodside which was planted in 1995 and takes its name from owners Martin Shaw, Michael and Matthew Hill Smith.

Winemaking Notes

Whole bunches chilled overnight prior to pressing. Barrel fermentation in new, one and two year old French barriques. A percentage of wild yeast fermentation was used plus partial malolactic fermentation for complexity and mouth-feel. Matured for 10 months in barrique, lees stirred weekly to build complexity. Special care is taken not to over oak the wine, maintaining fruit integrity.

Vintage
2010
Region
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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Shaw + Smith began over a long lunch in 1989 when cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith decided to realize a long held dream to make wine together. They specialise in Sauvignon Blanc, a single vineyard Chardonnay, cool climate Shiraz and more recently small batches of Riesling and Pinot Noir.

The Vineyards

M3 Vineyard

Shaw + Smith's 42 hectare M3 Vineyard at Woodside was planted in 1994 and takes its name from owners Michael and Matthew Hill Smith and cousin Martin Shaw. This vineyard consistently produces outstanding Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc with great concentration and fruit purity. All grapes are hand picked. The soils are sandy loam over red-yellow clay with some shale.Average altitude 420 metres.

Balhannah Vineyards

In 1999 Shaw + Smith bought this picturesque 46 hectare property between Balhannah and Hahndorf. In 2000 the winery was built and Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Riesling were planted. All grapes are hand picked. The soil is free draining sandy loam over red clay with underlying quartzite and shale. Average altitude 420 metres.

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