Fruit was sourced principally from their Lenswood vineyard. The Adelaide Hills has experience something of a revival over the last few decades; the area now boasts over 95 producers and 4000 hectares of vineyard, generally regarded as one of Australia's most exciting cool climate areas. Surrounded by many of the traditional wine growing areas of Australia, the region's altitude means it experiences cooler temperatures by some 4-8 degrees. Therefore, the cool, dry summer and autumn ripening conditions help produce the desired composition, concentration, flavours and balance in the grapes.
The M3 Chardonnay is sourced mainly from the Lenswood vineyard from handpicked fruit. 2014 was a lovely vintage with reduced yields and grapes harvested in ideal autumn conditions. The wine was all barrel fermented in a mix of new, one and two year old French barrels. Natural yeast ferment was encouraged and partial malolactic means there is only a touch of butteriness and refreshing acidity.
Drink now and over the next 3 years.
Established in 1989 cousins Martin Shaw (the winemaker) and Michael Hill-Smith mw have shot to fame with a succession of fine wines from Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Sourcing from the genuinely cool climate Adelaide Hills they regularly hit the bulls eye in their sense of power, bright fruit yet balance and sense of restraint.
A classic partner to fleshy white fish with a cream or butter sauce.
In the press
Bronze- International Wine Challenge 2016