97 Points - James Halliday
Shaw and Smith have been on the forefront of the ongoing refinement and evolution of Australian Chardonnay; their M3 Chardonnay is considered among Australia's greatest examples. Made with the aim of elegance, restraint and the capacity to age, this offers a complexity and intensity rarely found.
The 2021 Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay is another top-line Adelaide Hills Chardonnay that will be welcomed by the many fans of this wine. As always, this is likely to sell out quickly.
"97 Points. 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. Drink to: 2030. $55.00; Date: June 2022. 13% alc."- James Halliday, The Weekend Australian, June 4 2022.
"95 Points. 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. Tasted: Apr22. 13% alc. $55 Screwcap Drink: 2024 - 2029+"- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
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