2017

Shaw & Smith M3 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

Australia, Adelaide Hills

Genuinely fine and restrained Australian Chardonnay in a Burgundian style. Very pure, measured stone fruit and dissolved light toast and vanilla oak, with lifted acidity, make for a textural, rich, but balanced wine. Lovely vitality and mouth feel, with real definition and poise – one of the New World’s finest examples.”

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£24.50

MWS: 96

SKU: 2010. Categories: , .

Origin

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.

Grape Variety

100% Chardonnay.

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.

Alcohol Percentage

13.0%

Cellar Potential

Drink now and over the next 3 years.

Producer

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.

Food Match

A classic partner to fleshy white fish with a cream or butter sauce.

In the press

Bronze- International Wine Challenge 2016

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