Shaw & Smith M3 Vineyard Chardonnay 2014
The Adelaide Hills produces some of Australia’s finest Chardonnay. Since its first release with vintage 2000, M3 Chardonnay has quickly established a reputation amongst Australia’s finest. The M3 Vineyard was planted in 1995 and takes its name from owners Martin Shaw, Michael and Matthew Hill Smith. Source is 100% Adelaide Hills, predominately from Shaw + Smith’s M3 Vineyard at Woodside plus selected blocks of new Dijon selection Chardonnay. Low yields achieved by aggressive pruning and pre harvest bunch thinning. Hand picked to avoid fruit damage.
Whole bunches chilled overnight prior to pressing. Barrel fermentation in new, one, and two year old French barriques. 100% wild yeast fermentation plus partial malolactic fermentation for complexity and mouth-feel. Nine months in barrique, lees stirred weekly to build complexity. Special care is taken not to over oak the wine, maintaining fruit integrity. With orange blossom, lemon peel, and nectarine aromas, the impression on the nose is very much of freshness and purity. There is a seamlessness to the palate, with malo and oak both virtually imperceptible. On the palate the lively fruit drives through to the finish, with just a touch of creaminess and nutty complexity in the mid-palate.
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