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2018 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay

Adelaide Hills, SA

With Trophies and huge reviews already under its belt, this benchmark Chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills is in the form of its life.

$45.00

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About The Wine

Since 2003, the Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay has been their flag bearer for premium quality Chardonnay.

Sourced predominantly from their Lenswood vineyard, this meticulously farmed plot produces exquisite fruit. The winemaking behind the M3 is very classic. The fruit is chilled, whole-bunch pressed to oak and matured for 9 months prior to bottling. The quality of the fruit left to do the talking.

This wine has something of a cult following. It is loved for its combination of power and precision. Without question, one of the benchmarks for premium Chardonnay in the Hills region. With a string of accolade already under its belt, the 2018 release looks one of the S+S Team's best to date.

About Shaw + Smith

Shaw + Smith is one of the flagbearers of the Adelaide Hills wine region.  

Over 25 years they have built a brilliant brand based around refined but energetic cool climate expressions of Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The wines all now comfortably rank amongst the best examples of their respective varieties in the country. The constant pursuit of excellence has seen Shaw + Smith stand out from the pack.

With the formidable talents of winemaker Adam Wadewitz at the helm, this iconic producer has never been in better form.

Murray Leake & Adam Wadewitz
Murray Leake & Adam Wadewitz
Adelaide Hills, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

Outstanding quality from a growing season that threatened, at times, to be tricky. After some heat in January, the moderate, dry and sunny months of February and March delivered beautifully balanced fruit. Crop levels were slightly below average, enhancing flavour and intensity.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13.0%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

96Points
The Wine Front

"Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay is a wine of note. It’s a wine with a view, as in we all have one of it. It’s come a long way over the years. I like my flint and funk but when I first opened this it was alarming. It was a matchbox factory. Some chardonnays need a decant and a wait. Give this time and it shows both power and poise, its grapefruit, custard apple and stone fruit flavours woven expertly with cedar, oatmeal, almond milk and matches. It has a quartz-like aspect, a bristle to its brilliance. It’s narrow but it’s not lean; there’s more than enough power to its fruit. It should drink quite sensationally, from appropriate glassware, in another 2-4 years." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

DDS review

GOLD - 2019 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge

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TROPHY Best Winner of the Francois de Castella Trophy for Best Young White Wine - 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

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kicking it up a notch

4.4/5 Terrific Chard! Fruit forward with interesting complexity along side its freshness.

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Adelaide Hill classic

Well balance in all aspect, especially on the acidity which make this wine can be drink on its own (I found the acidity were too high from their previous vintages). Classic Aussie style chardonnay, just a bit pricey for what it is. There are cheaper and better options, not from Adelaide Hill tough..

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