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2017 Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay

2017 Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay

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$269.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

Adelaide Hills
2017
750ml
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$269.94
Adelaide Hills
2017
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Shaw + Smith was established in 1989 by cousins Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw. They make wines exclusively from the Adelaide Hills, from varieties that suit the cooler climate: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Shaw + Smith own two vineyards, in Lenswood and Balhannah. Growing the best possible grapes, managing vineyards sustainably, and valuing vine health, soil health, and low yields are central to the Shaw + Smith approach.

    In the pursuit of quality, all grapes continue to be hand-picked, and the wines are fermented, aged and bottled on site at Balhannah. The wines are vibrant, medium bodied expressions of their varieties that reflect their sites and region.

    This is undoubtedly one of the best chardonnays in Australia. Serious and built to last, it's refined and elegant and made with true craftsmanship, using wild ferments and allowing the fruit to shine. Stone fruit, lemon zest and grapefruit are at the heart of this white combined with subtle biscuity notes. It's intense and weighty, balanced by fresh, crisp acid. Trophy winner for Best Chardonnay in Show at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2018.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • French oak barriques and puncheons.There was record rainfall throughout the growing season but importantly it reduced to average in November during flowering and was dry during March, the later part of ripening. Record low temperatures were also recorded resulting in a late, very cool vintage. Flavours are intense and the natural acidity is striking.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Aiming for elegance, restraint and the ability to age, acid is bright and there's generosity of flavour. Typically it shows white flowers, citrus, and nectarine notes.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Shaw + Smith own two vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, at Balhannah and Lenswood, totalling 55 hectares. The vineyards are planted to varieties that perform particularly well in the region, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Shaw + Smith was established in 1989 by cousins Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw. They make wines exclusively from the Adelaide Hills, from varieties that suit the cooler climate: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Shaw + Smith own two vineyards, in Lenswood and Balhannah. Balhannah is also home to the winery where the Tasting Room is open daily. Shaw + Smith's first vintage was in 1990, and the early vintages were made at Wirra Wirra and Petaluma. In 1999 they purchased a property at Balhannah, where they planted vines, and built the winery and tasting room in time for the 2000 vintage. In 2012 they purchased an established 20 hectare vineyard in Lenswood. As the business has grown Michael and Martin have built a formidable team to continue the evolution of Shaw + Smith, including Master of Wine David LeMire, Senior Winemaker Adam Wadewitz, Business Manager Grant Lovelock and Group Viticulturist Murray Leake.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 96 POINTS

    JAMES SUCKLING


    A stunning chardonnay for the intensity and complexity it delivers, this has attractive flinty aromas aligned with white peaches and nectarines. The palate has mouthwatering intensity with fresh acidity and very attractive fruit purity. Grilled hazelnuts to close. Drink now. Screw cap.

    96 POINTS

    JEREMY OLIVER


    Penetrative and complex, with a surprisingly floral perfume of grapefruit, lemon rind and seaweed backed by fresh creamy vanilla oak and a hint of butterscotch. Long and unctuous but shapely and finely crafted, its bright core of citrus and stonefruit extends long and complete with creamy, nutty undertones over a fine, powdery texture towards a focused finish of brittle acidity.