2015 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay
- 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.
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
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.
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.
Trophy: Best Chardonnay, 2016 Adelaide HIlls Wine Show