98 Points - Tony Love | Very Limited Stocks
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.
There were cool ripening conditions throughout the 2020 vintage that resulted in very low yields; production volumes of the 2020 Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay were approximately 50% down on normal. However these conditions helped deliver a wonderfully concentrated and balanced Chardonnay with intense flavours and excellent balance. A release that will be welcomed by the many fans of this wine, our limited stocks will go quickly.
"98 Points. The first thing that strikes you is an elegance that is so fundamental to the style and respectful to the elite fruit within. The faintest of oak lifts adds a complexity to start, but the energy and concentration of the fruit become the prime focus on the palate. It's all about chardonnay's finest flavours and a vibrant acidity to drive it long into the future. 13.5% alc. To: 2030. Screw cap."- Tony Love, Halliday Wine Companion 2022.
"96 Points. Beautiful elegance and purity, a wonderfully harmonious assemblage of the richness of white peach, the crunch of grapefruit, the complexity of subtle struck flint reduction and the understated support of classy French oak. Brilliant zest and verve of crystalline acidity define an outstanding finish of sensational line and length."- Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Magazine June 2021.
Shaw and Smith Wines began over a long lunch in 1989 when cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith decided to realise a long held dream to make wine together. Shaw and Smith had the clear vision to make exciting, refined wines exclusively from the Adelaide Hills.
Today the team at Shaw and Smith specialise in making Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Noir, all that rank amongst Australia's leading examples of their respective varieties.
Shaw and Smith's winery was built in time for the 2000 vintage. It houses a tasting room, offices and all winemaking facilities from fermentation to bottling. Shaw and Smith's environmentally sensitive winery is regarded as the benchmark for winery developments in the Adelaide Hills.
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