An elegant and restrained cool-climate style Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay has been at the forefront of the modern Australian Chardonnay renaissance. Displaying notes of nectarine and citrus underpinned by crisp acidity, it evolves over time to reveal layers of toasty, mealy complexity.
"Warmer vintage, yet no loss of finesse here for M3. My older brother had a black BMW M3 back in the day, it was head-snappingly fast, as I recall. It got stolen from a carpark at my best friend’s wedding back in the year 2000, never to be seen again.
Pleasant level of stuck match sulphide, grapefruit, white peach, cinnamon and spice, almond etc. Fine, tight, slight creaminess and almond flavour, crisp exit, some grapefruit and green apple on a pacy and racy finish. Delicious wine. A little Country & Western here, and very good too. Was even thinking about 95 points."
94 points, Gary Walsh, June 2018.
ADELAIDE HILLSLocated to the east of Adelaide,the Adelaide Hills is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Considered a cool-climate region, most vineyards are situated at elevations between 450 to 550 metres. Rainfall is relatively high and spring frosts often pose problems. Hot northerly winds also make bush fires a real threat in the region. Adelaide Hills is a jigsaw of meso-climates, with the best vineyards centred around Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood in protected sites facing north or north-east. Soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock; typically well-drained sandy loams over red clay interspersed with schistic gravels. A premium wine-growing region, Adelaide Hills is best known for crisp, lively Sauvignon Blanc and elegant cool climates styles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.