M3 is at the forefront of the ongoing refinement and evolution of Australian Chardonnay. The aim is elegance, restraint and the capacity to age in bottle.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
Largely ex the Lenswood vineyard, handpicked, chilled overnight; whole bunch pressed, wild yeast-fermented in new and used French barriques; 9 months maturation. Makes its presence felt the first millisecond it enters the mouth, but doesn't threaten. A seamless fusion of white peach, biscuity oak and fresh acidity. James Halliday, Rating 95, 4th August 2015
A low yielding year. “Chardonnay and shiraz were the standout varieties for the season”, says winemaker Adam Wadewitz. The Lenswood vineyard purchased in 2012 is now becoming a more significant component in the wine, “It adds a fineness”, quips Wadewitz, “it brings natural acidity, a back bone, a spine to the wine”. The hand picked fruit comes from a couple of different sites, gets whole bunch pressed and sent to barrel, left on lees for a spell, bottled with a bit of sulphur when it’s ready. “We’re trying to do less really, looking to show off the potential of chardonnay from the Hills”, says Wadewitz.
It tastes like crunchy skinned chardonnay grapes from a cool place. True to the variety, not afraid to be edgy, but also show some finesse of oak handling and a quiet concentration of flavour. Bouquet shows faint nuttiness with green apple, quince, citrus. Fresh fruit flavours are trimmed with fine chalky fringes and gentle nougat and cedar touches. Long in flavour, fine, well done chardonnay. Will cellar well too I suspect. Mike Bennie, Wine Front, Rating 94, 25th June 2015
Winery Tasting Notes
A beautifully complex nose showing lemon, apple and white peach along with biscuit notes.
The palate displays trademark M3 elegance and restraint with an extra dimension of creaminess through the finish. A wine of depth and concentration that balances generous fruit flavours with savoury characters and crisp acidity.
Grilled King George Whiting with a caper butter sauce.