2022 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay Half Bottle

2022 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay Half Bottle

Notes

Stonefruit and citrus, contemporary and elegant
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SKU: SASM322Half
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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

Vintage Tasting Notes

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Style

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
The vintage threw up a number of challenges but the weather during the ripening period was extremely kind. February saw perfectly even ripening and resulted in grapes that were small, packed with flavour, and with higher than normal acidity.
Production Notes
The vintage threw up a number of challenges but the weather during the ripening period was extremely kind. February saw perfectly even ripening and resulted in grapes that were small, packed with flavour, and with higher than normal acidity.

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

International Wine Challenge - May 2024

Elegant, poised and precise warm brioche and peach stone aromas and flavours with a persistent finish. 94 Points.

Richard Hemming MW, Jancis Robinson - October 2023

Divine combination of smoke, spice and struck match. Leesy character on the nose, very stylish and potent. Long, fragrant finish that reminds me a bit of washing powder, oddly! Tense and lengthy, with lots of chewy texture. 16.5 Points.

Ned Goodwin, James Suckling, June 2023

A sleek, mid-weighted & very contemporary chardonnay, embellishing a pungent mineral chassis with roasted cashew, nougat and curdy creaminess. Vanilla-cedar oak, an integrated framework. Apricot pith, white peach and nectarine, too. The acidity, palpably natural of feel and really juicy, towing impressive length. One of the better recent iterations of this rightly popular cuvee. 93 Points

Shanteh Wale, The Wine Pilot, May 2023

It's always great to see the incarnation of M3. I tend to think of this wine in a similar vein to how Champagne houses exemplify their non vintage champagne. An apex wine of the brand but like with all great Maisons this wine continues to evolve and transcend with each vintage. The 2022 vintage encompasses an intensity to the fruit with slick and schmick oak in support. Wild jasmine, honeysuckle, lemonade fruit and yellow nectarines. Baked peach cobbler and candied ginger lolly. This is the self confident salesman in the room and I'm buying every word he says. Impossible not to find this absolutely delicious, no matter how hard you try. So stop trying. Give in, roll over and submit. They have done it again! Utterly bedazzling and with elegance and watertight foundations. Drink now, put some away for a rainy day. Drink with a whole lobster served in its shell and be cavalier about it. 95 Points.

Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review, May 2023.

This a great M3, albeit in a rather tightly focused cool year style. It’s only going to get better and better too. Barrel fermented and spends nine months in oak this vintage. Excellent expression is what wins the race for me here – a little nougat, a little milk bottle reduction but fruit, too, complemented by vanilla bean oak. It doesn’t feel ungenerous, even if the palate has a little youthful rawness. Cool, in the just-ripe white peach mode, with these perfect lines, the palate growing and growing, even if the acidity feels a bit abrupt (a little more malo wouldn’t go astray). Classy, superb Chardonnay regardless. Best drinking: next year, and for a decade no problem. 94 Points. 

Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal, April 2023

Pale colour. Lovely white peach, nectarine, grapefruit tonic water aromas with grilled nut, hint marzipan notes. Delicious drinking wine with plentiful peach, nectarine, apricot flavours, fine chalky textures, classical creamy notes and underlying marzipan, hint vanilla notes. This is a text book modern Adelaide Hills Chardonnay; not a long term keeper but it's brilliantly balanced and ready to enjoy. Like Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, M3 has become a classic wine of first resort with buyers wanting consistency and reliability. Drink now – or keep for a while. 95 Points.

Huon Hooke, The Real Review, March 2023

Very light, bright colour; the nose slightly fusty with dried-flower heads, dried herbs and a little toasted almond. A subtle trace of butter shortbread; a wheaty/Weetbix overtone. Good depth of flavour, soft and properly dry, with a savoury follow-through, accessible now but also promising to reward a little cellar time. 93 Points.

Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion, February 2023

A sleek, mid-weighted & highly contemporary chardonnay, embellishing a pungent mineral chassis with roasted cashew, nougat and curdy creaminess. Vanilla-cedar oak, an integrated framework. Apricot pith, white peach and nectarine, too. The acidity, palpably natural of feel and really juicy, towing impressive length. Among the better recent iterations of this rightly popular cuvée. 93 Points. 

International Wine Challenge - May 2024

Elegant, poised and precise warm brioche and peach stone aromas and flavours with a persistent finish. 94 Points.

Richard Hemming MW, Jancis Robinson - October 2023

Divine combination of smoke, spice and struck match. Leesy character on the nose, very stylish and potent. Long, fragrant finish that reminds me a bit of washing powder, oddly! Tense and lengthy, with lots of chewy texture. 16.5 Points.

Ned Goodwin, James Suckling, June 2023

A sleek, mid-weighted & very contemporary chardonnay, embellishing a pungent mineral chassis with roasted cashew, nougat and curdy creaminess. Vanilla-cedar oak, an integrated framework. Apricot pith, white peach and nectarine, too. The acidity, palpably natural of feel and really juicy, towing impressive length. One of the better recent iterations of this rightly popular cuvee. 93 Points

Shanteh Wale, The Wine Pilot, May 2023

It's always great to see the incarnation of M3. I tend to think of this wine in a similar vein to how Champagne houses exemplify their non vintage champagne. An apex wine of the brand but like with all great Maisons this wine continues to evolve and transcend with each vintage. The 2022 vintage encompasses an intensity to the fruit with slick and schmick oak in support. Wild jasmine, honeysuckle, lemonade fruit and yellow nectarines. Baked peach cobbler and candied ginger lolly. This is the self confident salesman in the room and I'm buying every word he says. Impossible not to find this absolutely delicious, no matter how hard you try. So stop trying. Give in, roll over and submit. They have done it again! Utterly bedazzling and with elegance and watertight foundations. Drink now, put some away for a rainy day. Drink with a whole lobster served in its shell and be cavalier about it. 95 Points.

Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review, May 2023.

This a great M3, albeit in a rather tightly focused cool year style. It’s only going to get better and better too. Barrel fermented and spends nine months in oak this vintage. Excellent expression is what wins the race for me here – a little nougat, a little milk bottle reduction but fruit, too, complemented by vanilla bean oak. It doesn’t feel ungenerous, even if the palate has a little youthful rawness. Cool, in the just-ripe white peach mode, with these perfect lines, the palate growing and growing, even if the acidity feels a bit abrupt (a little more malo wouldn’t go astray). Classy, superb Chardonnay regardless. Best drinking: next year, and for a decade no problem. 94 Points. 

Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal, April 2023

Pale colour. Lovely white peach, nectarine, grapefruit tonic water aromas with grilled nut, hint marzipan notes. Delicious drinking wine with plentiful peach, nectarine, apricot flavours, fine chalky textures, classical creamy notes and underlying marzipan, hint vanilla notes. This is a text book modern Adelaide Hills Chardonnay; not a long term keeper but it's brilliantly balanced and ready to enjoy. Like Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, M3 has become a classic wine of first resort with buyers wanting consistency and reliability. Drink now – or keep for a while. 95 Points.

Huon Hooke, The Real Review, March 2023

Very light, bright colour; the nose slightly fusty with dried-flower heads, dried herbs and a little toasted almond. A subtle trace of butter shortbread; a wheaty/Weetbix overtone. Good depth of flavour, soft and properly dry, with a savoury follow-through, accessible now but also promising to reward a little cellar time. 93 Points.

Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion, February 2023

A sleek, mid-weighted & highly contemporary chardonnay, embellishing a pungent mineral chassis with roasted cashew, nougat and curdy creaminess. Vanilla-cedar oak, an integrated framework. Apricot pith, white peach and nectarine, too. The acidity, palpably natural of feel and really juicy, towing impressive length. Among the better recent iterations of this rightly popular cuvée. 93 Points. 

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