2022 MMAD Grenache

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An elegant and spicy McLaren Grenache right in the upper echelon of wines from this region.

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The MMAD Grenache is the crown jewel in the MMAD wine stable.

Gaining access to a vineyard planted in 1939 is no easy feat, but thankfully the foursome behind this project are driven to create a wine that truly expresses the nuances possible from such old vines.

It's an ethereal and truly epic depiction of Grenache from Blewitt Springs, realised with crystal clarity. The acidity and minerality are zippy and the palate is smooth and silky.

A Triumph for winemaker Adam Wadewitz and his team and a wine that has very quickly entered the pantheon of the greatest Grenache wines in the country. 

97 points
"A seriously compelling wine, and further proof of how thrilling McLaren Vale grenache is right now, for both its quality and the unparalleled diversity in top-flight expressions."
– Marcus Ellis (Halliday Wine Companion)

97 points
"This is ballistically good. I doubt that I’ll taste anything much better from these shores over the next 12 months... The complete and utter command of the final flourish of flavour and tannin here feels, as you swallow, like a high water mark. I’m sold, totally sold, on this wine."
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

The vintage was cool and late, with low yields, and the perfect
finish to the season as temperatures warmed up toward harvest.
This wine has rich red cherry and raspberry fruit, with some
opulence on the front palate. Then the grainy, firm tannins come
to the fore and form the backbone of the astonishingly long
palate. There’s an energy and density that showcases what
Grenache from old vines can do in Blewitt Springs. About 15%
whole bunches, and fermented in wood and stainless steel before
malolactic fermentation and maturation in concrete and large old
French oak barrels.
Serving Temperature - 16 – 18°C
Cellaring Potential - Has the concentration and structure to
develop fine tertiary characters in bottle over the next 15 years.
ABV - 14.0%

97 points - "The second release of the MMAD Vineyard label, and off its 1939-planted Blewitt Springs vineyard. About 15% whole bunches, fermented in wood and steel, maturation in concrete and large old French oak. Unlike the 2022 shiraz, this takes time to emerge from the glass. It’s all there, though. There’s a brooding quality at present, with nori, iodine and ferrous notes filtering up through dark red cherry, plum, raspberry and sultry florals. Some spicy, musky characters emerge with air. Tannin is a meaningful factor, a pleasingly natural grape-derived affair, rugged but never rustic. A seriously compelling wine, and further proof of how thrilling McLaren Vale grenache is right now, for both its quality and the unparalleled diversity in top-flight expressions." – Marcus Ellis (Halliday Wine Companion)

97 points - "This is ballistically good. I doubt that I’ll taste anything much better from these shores over the next 12 months. The first thing you notice is the plushness, which is always welcome, but it’s the the finish that takes things to eleven. Wow, really, this wine has a show-stopping finish on it. It’s blessed with red and blue berry flavours, cedarwood, roasted spice and earth, but itemising the flavours of this wine kind of misses the point. It’s like focussing on the colour of a tidal wave. The complete and utter command of the final flourish of flavour and tannin here feels, as you swallow, like a high water mark. I’m sold, totally sold, on this wine." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

MMAD

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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