2015 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay

2015 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay

Notes

Stonefruit and citrus, contemporary and elegant.
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SKU: SASM315
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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

Tasting Notes
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. The 2015 vintage is true to style. The palate is long and flavoursome, with mid-palate texture and bright acid. A note of brioche adds complexity.
Tasting Notes
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. The 2015 vintage is true to style. The palate is long and flavoursome, with mid-palate texture and bright acid. A note of brioche adds complexity.

Growing and Making

Production Notes
Predominantly from our Lenswood Vineyard, at 455 – 500m elevation. Undulating with east and west facing aspects, the soils are brown loams over clay with broken shale on the ridges. Meticulous viticulture, with cane pruning, vertical shoot positioning, and yields limited through shoot and bunch thinning to increase fruit intensity. The vineyard was planted in 1999. 100% Hand picked and whole bunch pressed. Fermented and matured on lees in French oak barriques and puncheons (30% new) for 9 months. 2015 was a remarkable vintage. Above average winter rainfall ensured a good start to the growing season and warm weather around the New Year was followed by useful rain on the 13th of January. The season concluded with mild, stable conditions and delivered fruit of wonderful quality to the winery.
Production Notes
Predominantly from our Lenswood Vineyard, at 455 – 500m elevation. Undulating with east and west facing aspects, the soils are brown loams over clay with broken shale on the ridges. Meticulous viticulture, with cane pruning, vertical shoot positioning, and yields limited through shoot and bunch thinning to increase fruit intensity. The vineyard was planted in 1999. 100% Hand picked and whole bunch pressed. Fermented and matured on lees in French oak barriques and puncheons (30% new) for 9 months. 2015 was a remarkable vintage. Above average winter rainfall ensured a good start to the growing season and warm weather around the New Year was followed by useful rain on the 13th of January. The season concluded with mild, stable conditions and delivered fruit of wonderful quality to the winery.

Story

Winemaker Notes
The Shaw + Smith winery was built in 2000, providing 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.
Winemaker Notes
The Shaw + Smith winery was built in 2000, providing 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.

Reviews

Trophy: Best Chardonnay, 2016 Adelaide Hills Wine Show.

Tony Love – The Adelaide Advertiser – June 2017:

A benchmark Hills example of the finest chardonnay expression, green to gold tones in the glass with remarkable clarity and shine before you even go deeper, slightly grilled peach aromas wafting, beautiful chardonnay fruit characters unfolding as you taste,
classic white stone fruits, delicate acidity underneath
 underpinning its more complex notes and textures. Totally seamless, there’s no greater compliment than to consider 
this an utterly delicious gem. 

Toni Patterson - The Real Review - May 2017: 

Five Stars 

Ray Jordan - Weekend West - May 2017: 

"Really good vintage. Really good wine. A winner for Shaw and Smith for some years, and this is absolutely one of the best. Comes off the Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. Light toasty stone fruit and grapefruit with a creamy texture spliced with a subtle lees character and some understated minerality. Lovely balance." 96/100    

Mike Bennie – Herald Sun – April 2017:

“This Adelaide Hills chardonnay is sleek and refreshing. It’s a real upmarket heard turner that garners attention for its incredible flavour yet inherent vitality. A class act from first sip, it has that satiny texture that makes you want to gulp.”

Ben Thomas – Melbourne Times – April 2017:

“Power and complexity define this wine, which is one of the benchmarks in Australian chardonnay. It’s equally elegant, with subtle stonefruit, citrus and spicy oak aromas. It’s tightly structured – buy one for now and more for a year or two – but is still enjoyable straight off the bat. The balance between tannins, intense fruit and acid is spot on.” 94 points 

Trophy: Best Chardonnay, 2016 Adelaide Hills Wine Show.

Tony Love – The Adelaide Advertiser – June 2017:

A benchmark Hills example of the finest chardonnay expression, green to gold tones in the glass with remarkable clarity and shine before you even go deeper, slightly grilled peach aromas wafting, beautiful chardonnay fruit characters unfolding as you taste,
classic white stone fruits, delicate acidity underneath
 underpinning its more complex notes and textures. Totally seamless, there’s no greater compliment than to consider 
this an utterly delicious gem. 

Toni Patterson - The Real Review - May 2017: 

Five Stars 

Ray Jordan - Weekend West - May 2017: 

"Really good vintage. Really good wine. A winner for Shaw and Smith for some years, and this is absolutely one of the best. Comes off the Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. Light toasty stone fruit and grapefruit with a creamy texture spliced with a subtle lees character and some understated minerality. Lovely balance." 96/100    

Mike Bennie – Herald Sun – April 2017:

“This Adelaide Hills chardonnay is sleek and refreshing. It’s a real upmarket heard turner that garners attention for its incredible flavour yet inherent vitality. A class act from first sip, it has that satiny texture that makes you want to gulp.”

Ben Thomas – Melbourne Times – April 2017:

“Power and complexity define this wine, which is one of the benchmarks in Australian chardonnay. It’s equally elegant, with subtle stonefruit, citrus and spicy oak aromas. It’s tightly structured – buy one for now and more for a year or two – but is still enjoyable straight off the bat. The balance between tannins, intense fruit and acid is spot on.” 94 points 

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