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.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
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.
With orange blossom, lemon peel, and nectarine aromas, the impression on the nose is very much of freshness and purity.
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.
Now until 2015.
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.
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.