2021 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay

2021 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay

Notes

NEW! Intense flavours with excellent balance
Add To Cart
$55.00
/ 750ml
SKU: SASM321
Add To Cart
$330.00
/ Case of 6
 

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

20212020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

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 growing season for the 2021 vintage was terrific, a joy after the traumas of 2020. Soaking winter rains gave us plenty of moisture in the soil, and that flowed into healthy crops. The summer was mild, slow ripening, with lots of flavour. Hand picked and whole bunch pressed. Fermented and matured on lees in French oak barriques and puncheons.
Production Notes
The growing season for the 2021 vintage was terrific, a joy after the traumas of 2020. Soaking winter rains gave us plenty of moisture in the soil, and that flowed into healthy crops. The summer was mild, slow ripening, with lots of flavour. Hand picked and whole bunch pressed. Fermented and matured on lees in French oak barriques and puncheons.

Story

Winemaker Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
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.

Reviews

James Halliday - The Weekend Australian - June 2022

Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, fermented and matured in French oak. Its crystal clear quartz-green hue signals the ’21 vintage in all its glory, the bouquet and palate a seamless array of nectarine, grapefruit and cashew. The feel and flow of the aftertaste implore a second glass. 97 points.

Huon Hooke - The Real Review - April 2022

This lovely chardonnay has a toasty nut bouquet, with some smoky oak and fine fruit aromas, the palate delicate and restrained but intense at the same time, penetrating and long. A very taut, concentrated but refined wine with tension and persistence. It’s great now and has room to grow. 95 points

Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front - April 2022

Its impeccable self. Flavours of pear and quartz, nectarine and cedar, a gentle floral element, a subtle lactose note. It feels powerful, taut and refined at once. This is not a smack-you-in-the-eyes chardonnay and yet its quality and intensity are clear. As with many of the finest Australian chardonnays now, this will need a year or three from release to start showing its best self. 95 points

James Halliday - The Weekend Australian - June 2022

Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, fermented and matured in French oak. Its crystal clear quartz-green hue signals the ’21 vintage in all its glory, the bouquet and palate a seamless array of nectarine, grapefruit and cashew. The feel and flow of the aftertaste implore a second glass. 97 points.

Huon Hooke - The Real Review - April 2022

This lovely chardonnay has a toasty nut bouquet, with some smoky oak and fine fruit aromas, the palate delicate and restrained but intense at the same time, penetrating and long. A very taut, concentrated but refined wine with tension and persistence. It’s great now and has room to grow. 95 points

Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front - April 2022

Its impeccable self. Flavours of pear and quartz, nectarine and cedar, a gentle floral element, a subtle lactose note. It feels powerful, taut and refined at once. This is not a smack-you-in-the-eyes chardonnay and yet its quality and intensity are clear. As with many of the finest Australian chardonnays now, this will need a year or three from release to start showing its best self. 95 points

Complimentary shipping on orders $300 and over