2022 MMAD Chenin Blanc

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An expressive and florally attractive Chenin from some super-old vines in Blewitt Springs. Powerful, concentrated, this is top shelf stuff from the team behind Tolpuddle.
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The Chenin Blanc vines are the "babies" of the MMAD vineyard, planted in 1964.

This is an exceptionally powerful and textural style of Chenin, masterfully crafted by Adam Wadewitz. It's an intricate wine to put together, not dissimilar to the way one might make Chardonnay - whole bunches pressed to French oak puncheons, and crushed fruit fermented in concrete with some skin contact.

Refined, floral, but also intense, with scintillating aromatics that help you understand why Chenin is gaining a growing following in Aus.

Blossom, citrus, waxiness, saltiness, structure, verve - delicious.

97 points
"It’s a superb wine, thrillingly refined and detailed. The upward trajectory of this project is one to watch very closely."
- Marcus Ellis (Halliday Wine Companion)

The second vintage for the MMAD Vineyard team was a lowyielding and cool season, which warmed up nicely as we
approached harvest. Fruit concentration is a feature of the year.
Hand-picked fruit was crushed and fermented in concrete (50%)
and whole bunch pressed and fermented in large old oak (50%).
The result has frangipani aromas, zesty acid, but also generous
fruit with cumquat and yellow nectarine flavours, and a touch of
talcum powder. An intense and singular expression of old vine
Chenin Blanc.
Serving Temperature - 10 – 12°C
Cellaring Potential - Has the concentration and structure to
develop fine tertiary characters in bottle over the next 15 years
ABV - 13.0%

97 points - "The second release of this wine sees more depth and texture, reflecting an evolution of making after winemaker Adam Wadewitz got the measure of grape and site – on Maslin sands over ironstone. There’s chew and race in equal measure, with tart golden apples, ripe Meyer lemon, cool stone fruit, sea spray and savoury elements of crushed fennel seed, white pepper and a waxy chalkiness. Integrated barrel/mlf notes round out flavour and feel, with an intriguing saline slip to the palate complementing the subtle grip and the pleasing rip of natural acid. It’s a superb wine, thrillingly refined and detailed. The upward trajectory of this project is one to watch very closely." - Marcus Ellis (Halliday Wine Companion)


96 points - "50% of the pickings were crushed and fermented to concrete and 50% was whole-bunch pressed and fermented in large-format seasoned oak. The Blewitt Springs vineyard was planted in 1939 and one does not often taste 80 year+ plus Chenin Blanc in Australia. As of 2022 the vineyard is solely in the management hands of the MMAD team. Flannel flowers, pomelo pith and pumice stone. White apple flesh, nectarine and lemon sorbet. It’s delicately floral with marine accents. Driftwood, salt spray and ozonic aromas. A white almond crunch with a briney salinity, the wine coils and stretches along the palate. The interplay of acidity, fine lacey phenolics and great length of flavour is becoming a trademark of style for this wine. Beautifully positioned for drinking with delicate raw seafood. Drink now and will cellar upwards of 8 years. Omakase come AT me." - Shanteh Wale (Wine Pilot)

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    Damian S.
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    3 weeks ago
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Very good, but not Chenin as I know it

    This was tense.

    Super concentration of green apple, talc, bath salts and a long finish. Reminded me of recent bottle Domain Fevre Petis Chablis 2021. I was looking for the baked apple, custardy tones that’s typical with Chenin but it wasn’t there. Initially this made for a challenging drink until I just stop trying to find Chenin and just enjoyed it for what it was. This will age wonderfully. Hold for 5 yrs before opening. It is tense, but unlike Chenin as I know it.

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As if Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW of Shaw + Smith and Tolpuddle weren't busy enough already. Their newest venture has seen them team up with their chief winemaker Adam Wadewitz and wine industry professional David LeMire MW to create MMAD Vineyard, based in McLaren Vale.

MMAD Vineyard represents a union of expertise and passion in the wine industry. This partnership, rooted in the success of Shaw + Smith winery in the Adelaide Hills, expands to include other projects like Tolpuddle Vineyard in Tasmania.

Located in Blewitt Springs, the vineyard boasts fine Maslin sands and elevated terrain, granting its wines a distinctive aromatic character. Beneath the sand lies a layer of precious ironstone, contributing structure and complexity to the wines. The vineyard's old Grenache, Shiraz, and Chenin Blanc vines, some dating back to 1939, are a testament to its rich viticultural history.

MMAD is one of the 'must-watch' projects in McLaren Vale. With the combination of an exceptional site and the depth of talent behind it, it's sure to produce some of the region's most exciting wines over the coming years.

Martin Shaw, Michael Hill Smith MW, Adam Wadewitz and David LeMire MW MMAD

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