SHAW & SMITH 'M3' CHARDONNAY 2017

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Ray Jordan
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Toni Paterson MW
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Campbell Mattinson
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Andrew Graham
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Huon Hooke
SKU
SSCH201710 UCAU
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M3 is at the forefront of the ongoing refinement and evolution of Australian Chardonnay. We aim for elegance, restraint, and the capacity to age in bottle. Aromas of white flowers, grapefruit, and white peach. A note of brioche adds complexity. These notes carry through to the palate, which is long and flavoursome, with mid-palate texture and bright acid.
M3 is at the forefront of the ongoing refinement and evolution of Australian Chardonnay. We aim for elegance, restraint, and the capacity to age in bottle. Aromas of white flowers, grapefruit, and white peach. A note of brioche adds complexity. These notes carry through to the palate, which is long and flavoursome, with mid-palate texture and bright acid.

Scores & Reviews

96 / 100

Ray Jordan

Really good vintage. Really good wine. A winner for Shaw and Smith for some years, and this is absolutely one of the best. Comes off the Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. Light toasty stone fruit and grapefruit with a creamy texture spliced with a subtle lees character and some understated minerality. Lovely balance.

95 / 100

Toni Paterson MW

One of Australia’s great chardonnays. Incredibly complex with wafting nutty top notes, plus hints of oatmeal and citrus zest. The palate is bright and wildly intense with lemon delicious, white nectarine and nougat. Bright and superbly well-integrated acidity. Although this fine Adelaide Hills wine is completely delicious now, it is an infant and will grow and evolve with time in bottle.

94 / 100

Campbell Mattinson

The journey of M3 chardonnay is the journey of Australian chardonnay in microcosm. Here we have power; here we have funk-driven complexity; here we have a long sling of apple-like acidity. It’s a fine, detailed, aspirational white wine, crackling with quality, endowed with just-enough texture and just-enough fruit flavour. There’s a coiled aspect to this wine; its best days are not yet with us, but they’re coming. It’s all balanced on a pin head, in the best of ways. Drink: 2017 - 2022+

94 / 100

Andrew Graham

Precise Chardonnay this. From nose to tail, there is a sense of masterful winemaking here, the fruit just ripe enough to give apple and white peach flavour, the oak adding gentle spice vanilla, the acid noticeable (malolactic fermentation carefully controlled obvs.) but not hard, the wine a flow of taut-yet-not-skinny Chardonnay goodness. It’s lazy to always benchmark with Burgundy, but I’m doing it here anyway. This is effectively 1er Cru Burgundy quality (though it clearly tastes different), just for much less dollars. Superb Australian Chardonnay (and the best M3 in ages) that will only look even better with an extra year in bottle. Best drinking: 2017-2023. 18.5/20, 94/100+. 13% Would I buy it? Absolutely.

93 / 100

Huon Hooke

Smoky, savoury bouquet, with a waft of low-level sulfides and lightly toasted cashews. The palate is soft and round, full and pleasing, if not especially complex. Good length and firm, neatly tailored finish. It will grow with further age. Drink 2017 to 2024