2022 Shaw + Smith Lenswood Vineyard Chardonnay

Highly Rated
The finest expression of Chardonnay from Shaw + Smith from their very best vineyard site in Lenswood.

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The Lenswood Chardonnay is the top white wine in the esteemed Shaw + Smith stable.

Sourced from their higher-altitude single vineyard in the Lenswood sub-region of the Adelaide Hills, this wine presents a more focused and linear style of Chardonnay than their more opulent M3. The quality of fruit here is simply outstanding, as is the care taken during the winemaking process.

If classy, cool-climate Chardonnay is your thing, this is a beautiful Australian example that will find a very happy place in your cellar.

97 Points
"Stunning chardonnay, aligned with top-tier Chassagne and certainly among the finest tasted in recent memory."
- Ned Goodwin MW, (Jamesuckling.com)

95+ Points
"This wine is a study in elegance... the carry of it, the long juicy length, the gradual reveal of florals; it’s beautifully done."
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
96 Points
"A joy to drink now and will cellar 5-8 years. I can see this served beside a river of raclette on hot bread."
- Shanteh Wale (The Wine Pilot )

 

The hallmarks of the 2022 growing season were the coolness and healthy rains of a La Niña season. Those conditions have given this wine great intensity and high extract.There is a pithy quality to the palate, with the trademark acidity balanced by layers of texture. Softness, as well as freshness and nectarine notes that mingle with more crystalline glacé lemon are a reminder of the late season warmth that finished off ripening beautifully.

Another cooler than average season with some influence from La Niña weather patterns. The season was cool to begin with, which meant that a smaller crop formed during fruit set.The summer was mild, warming up towards the end and adding flavour and ripeness to the fresh acidity.

Gently whole bunch pressed, then fermented in 500 litre puncheon, 30% new. Full malo, and 10 months in oak before resting in tank prior to bottling.

Will reward careful cellaring for up to 20 years.

97 Points" - An exceptional vintage for white wines. A lower pH, inherent freshness and phenolic bite, the artillery that delivers the impressive structural latticework necessary for further development. Really classy. Subdued aromas of cinnamon, sesame, quince, ginger and toasted hazelnut, with the barest hint of fruit. Better this way. The mid-weighted palate is pliant, nicely chewy and multilayered. The finish is exceptionally long, although I look forward to tasting again in another six or eight years after things unravel and meld. Stunning chardonnay, aligned with top-tier Chassagne and certainly among the finest tasted in recent memory." - Ned Goodwin MW, (Jamesuckling.com)

96 points - "A beautiful, poised and energetic white wine that marries minerality, fine-boned fruit character, the sweet spice of oak seasoning, freshness and textural nuance with aplomb. An ultra-appealing perfume of stone fruits, cinnamon, sea spray, nougat, ginger biscuits and halva meets a flavour profile of similar descriptors lifted on a gentle wash of green apple and fino sherry saline/savoury notes that follow through with more flinty minerality. It sits even, succulent and deeply flavoured, yet fresh through its ultra-persistent course across the palate. Seductive, superb wine." - Mike Bennie (Halliday Wine Companion)

95+ Points - "This wine is a study in elegance. It has fruit, it’s not underdone, but the mouthwatering lilt of flavour running from start to finish is something to behold. It tastes off citrus, bran, stone fruits, crushed fennel, brine and ginger, a sweet-bready-woody character lingering throughout. But the carry of it, the long juicy length, the gradual reveal of florals; it’s beautifully done." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

96 Points - "A cascade of yellow grapefruit juice, juiced green apples and lime sorbet. Elderflower and Acacia blossoms. A hint of green coconut and lemongrass. It's full of citrus zest with an almond milk creaminess and roast raw macadamia on the finish. Nutmeg, tahini and baked anzac biscuits. A harmony of high tones and deep base notes that presents a birds eye view of Hills chardonnay. There is real power and weight here but with plenty of fruit tension and enough malo buffering. A joy to drink now and will cellar 5-8 years. I can see this served beside a river of raclette on hot bread." - Shanteh Wale (The Wine Pilot )

Customer Reviews

Shaw + Smith

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

Founded by cousins Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw, together over 30+ 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.

Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw - Adelaide Hills, SA Shaw + Smith

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