2019 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay Half Bottle

2019 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay Half Bottle

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375mL
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SKU: SASM319Half
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$312.00
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Try with pan fried whiting
Ideal drinking until 2029
Ideal serving temperature: 10 - 12°C
Produced using sustainable practices
Suitable for vegans
 

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes
Aiming for elegance, restraint and the ability to age, acid is bright and there’s generosity of flavour. Typically it shows white flowers, citrus, and nectarine notes.
Tasting Notes
Aiming for elegance, restraint and the ability to age, acid is bright and there’s generosity of flavour. Typically it shows white flowers, citrus, and nectarine notes.

Growing and Making

Production Notes
Outstanding quality from a growing season that threatened, at times, to be tricky. After some heat in January, the moderate, dry and sunny months of February and March delivered beautifully balanced fruit. Crop levels were slightly below average, enhancing flavour and intensity.
Production Notes
Outstanding quality from a growing season that threatened, at times, to be tricky. After some heat in January, the moderate, dry and sunny months of February and March delivered beautifully balanced fruit. Crop levels were slightly below average, enhancing flavour and intensity.

Story

Winemaker Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
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.

Reviews

Paul Lippolito - November 2020 

Superb, but unsuprisingly so. Shaw + Smith do really really good things with Chardonnay and have done so for a very long time. This is way up there in the best Australian Chardonnay stakes and deservedly so. Class and elegance from the start to finish. Refined from the first pour to the last taste in the mouth. A lovely pale greenish yellow straw. Tight unwinding white marble, nectarine, lemon citrus off the aromas. Not upfront but quite slow and evolving. Classy, edgy and yet making its point as a excellent Chardonnay. Complex and layered it is intricate in the way it presents itself. Good fresh crisp acidity supporting the fruit, poised and in check. The oak is providing vanilla characters again balanced and in check. It drinks beautifully with citrus and stonefruits emerging and in a lineal long lingering fashion. Lovely wine in every sense at under $50 it is also value plus. Try it with a fresh seafood platter. 96 Points. 

Tony Love, Halliday Wine Companion - October 2020

The clear expression of on-point ripe peach and nectarine fruits is this wine's calling car. A delicate little wrap of oak add spice of ginger-nut biscuit with the swell of an appealing creaminess; subtle acidity holds it in balance all the way. Fruit, oak, spice and tang - the whole varietal experience. 95 Points. 

Vinonotebook - October 2020

Pale straw lemon colour. Struck match, creamy vanilla hint, brioche/bread crust round-ness offset with white nectarine, grapefruit, rich lemon focus and white florals. Medium weighted, definite up front generosity of flavour while drawing tight and retaining intensity through the middle and back palate. Subtle grip and long drive. 94 Points.

Campbell Mattinson – September 2020 

Brilliant release. Great intensity both to the palate and the finish and with plenty going on besides. Flint, smoke, grapefruit and stone fruit characters but it’s the emphatic energy of the finish that really sets it apart. One sip and I was hooked, convinced, and in its thrall. 96 points.  


David Sly - Decanter - August 2020 

The nose presents a strong and compelling argument: firm white peach, pretty lemon blossom, a whiff of charred oak and a puff of graphite lurking beneath struck flint. Strikingly reminiscent of Penfolds' Bin Reserve Bin A, it helps define a new high-watermark for Adelaide Hills Chardonnay. With a slender, nimble palate that is deceptively long, its clean persistent flavours and subtle complexity leaves you contemplative long after the glass is empty. 96 points. 

Jamessuckling.com - July 2020 

This is a very concentrated, complex and refined chardonnay that locks in on very intense white peaches, lemons and grapefruit, framed in a wealth of fresh, spicy, young French oak, as well as flinty elements. The palate has mouthwateringly fresh acidity, powering fresh lemon and peach flavors into a long, tautly wound finish. Drink or hold. 96 points. 

Paul Lippolito - November 2020 

Superb, but unsuprisingly so. Shaw + Smith do really really good things with Chardonnay and have done so for a very long time. This is way up there in the best Australian Chardonnay stakes and deservedly so. Class and elegance from the start to finish. Refined from the first pour to the last taste in the mouth. A lovely pale greenish yellow straw. Tight unwinding white marble, nectarine, lemon citrus off the aromas. Not upfront but quite slow and evolving. Classy, edgy and yet making its point as a excellent Chardonnay. Complex and layered it is intricate in the way it presents itself. Good fresh crisp acidity supporting the fruit, poised and in check. The oak is providing vanilla characters again balanced and in check. It drinks beautifully with citrus and stonefruits emerging and in a lineal long lingering fashion. Lovely wine in every sense at under $50 it is also value plus. Try it with a fresh seafood platter. 96 Points. 

Tony Love, Halliday Wine Companion - October 2020

The clear expression of on-point ripe peach and nectarine fruits is this wine's calling car. A delicate little wrap of oak add spice of ginger-nut biscuit with the swell of an appealing creaminess; subtle acidity holds it in balance all the way. Fruit, oak, spice and tang - the whole varietal experience. 95 Points. 

Vinonotebook - October 2020

Pale straw lemon colour. Struck match, creamy vanilla hint, brioche/bread crust round-ness offset with white nectarine, grapefruit, rich lemon focus and white florals. Medium weighted, definite up front generosity of flavour while drawing tight and retaining intensity through the middle and back palate. Subtle grip and long drive. 94 Points.

Campbell Mattinson – September 2020 

Brilliant release. Great intensity both to the palate and the finish and with plenty going on besides. Flint, smoke, grapefruit and stone fruit characters but it’s the emphatic energy of the finish that really sets it apart. One sip and I was hooked, convinced, and in its thrall. 96 points.  


David Sly - Decanter - August 2020 

The nose presents a strong and compelling argument: firm white peach, pretty lemon blossom, a whiff of charred oak and a puff of graphite lurking beneath struck flint. Strikingly reminiscent of Penfolds' Bin Reserve Bin A, it helps define a new high-watermark for Adelaide Hills Chardonnay. With a slender, nimble palate that is deceptively long, its clean persistent flavours and subtle complexity leaves you contemplative long after the glass is empty. 96 points. 

Jamessuckling.com - July 2020 

This is a very concentrated, complex and refined chardonnay that locks in on very intense white peaches, lemons and grapefruit, framed in a wealth of fresh, spicy, young French oak, as well as flinty elements. The palate has mouthwateringly fresh acidity, powering fresh lemon and peach flavors into a long, tautly wound finish. Drink or hold. 96 points. 

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