2009 Shaw + Smith Aged Release M3 Chardonnay
- Try with roast chicken and remember not to serve it too cold
- Drinking well now or for up to 4 years
- Ideal serving temperature: 10-12°C
- Produced using sustainable practices
- Suitable for vegetarians
What to Expect
Re-released in tiny quantities under the Shaw + Smith maturation program; allowing wines to gain complex tertiary characters from careful bottle ageing in our temperature controlled cellar.
The 2009 M3 Chardonnay has built complexity, added depth and savoury nuances over time, with notes of dried fruit, toast, and marmalade. It’s creamy and rich with a subtle acid backbone, while there is still freshness and fruit on the palate. The structural elements of the wine have integrated seamlessly.
Growing and Making
Fruit was sourced from our old Woodside vineyard and from a small number of trusted growers, yielding a range of different characters to work with in the winery. Meticulous viticulture, with cane pruning, vertical shoot positioning, and yields limited through shoot and bunch thinning to increase fruit intensity.
100% hand picked and whole bunch pressed. Fermented and matured on lees in French oak barriques.
2009 began with a cool spring, which resulted in a relatively small but high quality crop. A short burst of heat in late January had little impact as it occurred 5-6 weeks before harvest, and the autumn weather leading up to picking was cool and dry, which resulted in excellent flavour development and wines of freshness and elegance.
The Shaw + Smith winery was built in 2000, giving us the ability to whole-bunch press chilled grapes for the first time, and underpinning the evolution of style from that first M3 Chardonnay vintage in 2000 through to the present day. The most significant event since then came in 2012 with the purchase of the Lenswood vineyard. Chardonnay was originally planted in Lenswood for sparkling wine production but it now fulfils its potential for fine still wine, with finesse, flavour, and great natural acidity.
Winewise Vol 27 Number 2 June 2011
This wine continues a highly successful line. Subtle cashew barrel-ferment characters on the nose with some spicy oak. The palate is finely structured, with a lovely creamy texture and long flavours, beautifully balanced by lingering, vibrant acidity.
James Halliday - Wine Companion Newsletter - 1 June 2011
Pale but bright straw-green; the bouquet has some fragrant blossom notes that merge into the multilayered palate with its display of white peach, nectarine and fig, then distinctly creamy cashew notes before what can only be described as seductive acidity on the finish.