The Adelaide Hills produces some of Australia’s finest Chardonnay. Since its first release (vintage 2000) M3 Chardonnay has quickly established a reputation amongst Australia’s finest. M3 is at the forefront of the on-going refinement and evolution of Australian Chardonnay.
M3 is at the forefront of the ongoing refinement and evolution of Australian Chardonnay. We aim for elegance, restraint, and the capacity to age in bottle.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
After a tiny production in the difficult 2011 season, M3 is back up to racing spec in the great 2012 vintage. An enticing bouquet captures the fragrance of lemon blossom, the freshness of grapefruit pulp, the depth of white peach, the complexity of mixed spice and the exoticism of fresh fig. The palate is intricately crafted, with cool, fine lemon juice freshness, creamy notes from partial malolactic fermentation and beautifully fine texture from wild yeast fermentation and extended lees ageing in French oak barrels. One of the great M3s and a delightful drink. Rating 95 - Tyson Stelzer - Wine Taste Weekly (7th June 2013)
Made from 17 year old vines. Wild yeast fermented. Extended time on lees. Partial malo. Shaw and Smith M3 chardonnay has come a long way over the past ten years and is now a far finer example of the variety.
This release needs a good sleep in the cellar. It clearly does not lack for power but it’s also desperately muscle-bound for now. Grapefruit and peach essence, flint and funk. Toasty oak. Pear and milk through the finish. Quality is very high here. Had me salivating. Rating 95+ Campbell Mattinson (24 March, 2013)
The timing of the Shaw + Smith releases this year played perfectly into our hands. You can buy this astonishing 2012 M3 Chardonnay at the same time as the brilliant, brooding, spicy, blueberry and plum-soaked 2010 Shiraz. You ought to track this red down because it will amaze Northern Rhone fans with the pepper-spice. 2012 M3 is a very fine wine too. It has always been a beauty, but from time to time it has to put on weight and become slow off the mark. In 2012 the fruit was been given a jolt of electricity and the oak seemed to have settled into best supporting role and this means that the whole experience tastes more prim and proper Pulingny than mealy and mouth feeling Macon. Although this is early doors for a wine of this calibre I have sneaked a good few glasses of this beauty and am more and more impressed as the months tick by. This is a great effort from Michael and Martin and with a young lead guitarist, Adam Wadewitz, now part of the this stadium rocker ensemble their future is set to be cram-packed with even more sure-fire hits. Matthew Jukes - 100 Best Australian Wines 2013/2014
Loved the 2010 but missed the 2011 as they only made a tiny amount of the M3 and now it’s back in fine form from a stellar vintage in SA. There’s a signature with the M3, namely restraint and finesse; peach, lemon biscuits, sea shell, cashew oak that’s harmoniously integrated. It’s the palate that’s the clincher, gloriously creamy, imbued with peach, nectarine, shards of citrus, lovely coiled acids and framed by seamlessly spicy oak that’s lavish and opulent. There’s concentration plus on the finish but it all feels quite restrained making for one of Australia’s best Chardonnay experiences. It’s an absolute belter.Rating 95+ Wining Pom (22 March, 2013)
I eagerly await the release of the Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay each year. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to grab a bottle of the small run 2011 release. It looked quite smart when I tasted it last year. Anyway, the 2012 is a winner. It’s precise and incisive. Purity of fruit, adroit use of oak, a wonderfully mineral backbone and real persistence. Grapefruit, almonds and nectarine with hints of oatmeal and nougat alongside a restrained note of struck match. Maybe even something reminiscent of apple and Jarlsberg cheese. It concludes with flint, chalk and spice. Detail and definition are key. Lovely now but will improve with bottle-age.Rating 94+ Excellent Jeremy Pringle - Wine Will Eat Itself (22 March, 2013)
A fully realised top-class chardonnay that began with whole-bunch pressing and barrel fermentation, then extended lees and barrel maturation, all showing the results in a wine that allows just a backdrop suggestion of its fine French oak, staying fresh, crunchy and minerally in its carriage of distinctive Hills white nectarine flavours. Yum. Value: Class Act Food Finest: Tarragon Chicken. Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars 'Top of the class' Tony Love - Taste, The Advertiser 17th July 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
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. Low yields achieved by aggressive pruning and pre harvest bunch thinning. Hand picked to avoid fruit damage.
2012 M3 Chardonnay
Shows the characters of the cool summer and autumn, with primary fruit notes of nectarine and cumquat, and vivid fresh acidity that provides structure and focus. Youthful and un-evolved at this early stage, it will develop in complexity over the next 5 years.
Grilled King George Whiting with a caper butter sauce.
Now until 2020.