Chardonnay Adelaide Hills South Australia
M3 Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from a single site, the Shaw+Smith M3 property at Woodside, named after the three partners in the vineyard, brothers Michael and Matthew Hill Smith, along with cousin Martin Shaw. M3 is a major refinement in styling, a serious attempt to produce an exceptional Chardonnay with the capacity to age gracefully. A sophisticated, barrel fermented wine with pure fruit character and restrained oak, exhibiting great elegance and exquisite length. A must for all enthusiasts of stately white wine.
Shaw+Smith's M3 Vineyard consistently yields the most remarkable quality of Chardonnay, a continuity of harvests at every vintage, spectacular grapes offering great concentration of flavour and exhibiting splendid purity of varietal fruit. At an altitude of 420 metres, the close planted, low yielding vines are grown to sandy loam soils over red yellow clay with some shale. M3 is an assemblage of the respected I10V1 clone and the exciting new Bernard clones from Burgundy. Grapes are hand picked and whole bunch pressed prior to barrel fermentation and maturation in French oak. Wild indigenous yeasts ferment batches to dry, followed by partial malolactic, nine months maturation and sedimentery lees battonage.
Paler hues than most Chardonnay. M3 opens slightly austere, offering restrained fruit and a hint of honeysuckle before revealing a palate of great length. White stone fruit flavours and savoury, toasted nuts complexity around a solid core of fruit, the oak is beautifully handled. Elegantly structured with a long and fine, bone dry finish. A superior single vineyard wine of power and sophistication.