Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2021


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The Wine

Aiming for elegance, restraint and the ability to age, acid is bright and there’s generosity of flavour. Typically it shows white flowers, citrus, and nectarine notes.

The growing season for the 2021 vintage was terrific, a joy after the traumas of 2020. Soaking winter rains gave us plenty of moisture in the soil, and that flowed into healthy crops. The summer was mild, slow ripening, with lots of flavour. Hand picked and whole bunch pressed. Fermented and matured on lees in French oak barriques and puncheons.

The Reviews

Huon Hooke - The Real Review - April 2022

This lovely chardonnay has a toasty nut bouquet, with some smoky oak and fine fruit aromas, the palate delicate and restrained but intense at the same time, penetrating and long. A very taut, concentrated but refined wine with tension and persistence. It’s great now and has room to grow. 95 points

Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front - April 2022

Its impeccable self. Flavours of pear and quartz, nectarine and cedar, a gentle floral element, a subtle lactose note. It feels powerful, taut and refined at once. This is not a smack-you-in-the-eyes chardonnay and yet its quality and intensity are clear. As with many of the finest Australian chardonnays now, this will need a year or three from release to start showing its best self. 95 points