2013 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay Magnum
- Try with pan fried whiting
- Ideal drinking until 2023
- Ideal serving temperature: 10 - 12°C
- Produced using sustainable practices
- Suitable for vegans
What to Expect
Aiming for elegance, restraint and the ability to age, the acid brings freshness and there’s generosity of flavour. Typically it shows white flowers, citrus, and nectarine notes.
Stone fruit and citrus notes dominate the nose, and continue onto the palate. The palate shows restraint and subtlety, with flavours of lemon zest and grapefruit, with a biscuity note. There is also intensity and weight to the palate, held in check by a seam of crisp acid that keeps it fresh and tight.
Growing and Making
Sourced principally from the Shaw + Smith vineyards at Woodside and Lenswood. Low yields achieved by aggressive pruning and pre harvest bunch thinning. Hand picked to avoid fruit damage.
Whole bunches chilled overnight prior to pressing. Barrel fermentation in new, one and two year old French barriques. Wild yeast fermentation and partial malolactic fermentation add complexity and mouth-feel.
2013 was a fine growing season, with some warm days balanced by consistently cool nights. It was a relatively dry season, and grapes ripened a touch earlier than usual. The weather leading up to harvest was mostly dry, ensuring perfectly healthy fruit.
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.