2021 Shaw + Smith "M3" Chardonnay Adelaide Hills South Australia (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1670593 97 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark The '21 M3 release sees a price rise, which the makers clearly consider fitting for a wine celebrated as one of the best chardonnays in the country. It's also an outstanding vintage. Quietly, it wields its magic. Its youthful exuberance is tightly wound, with whispers of green apple, grapefruit, lemon peel and almond, firming and rising through the wine. Acidity drives and energises the pristine fruit with oak a gentle accompaniment. Fine and elegant now. An outstanding future is writ large. Inner quote mark (11/2022)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Restrained, elegant and complex, with no hint of tropical fruit but relevant citrus and white fruit notes in this cool-climate Chardonnay. Oak integration is stunning and the wine shows personality, vibrancy, mouthwatering acidity and a precise, long finish. Inner quote mark (11/2022)

95 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Light, bright green-yellow colour. Toasty nut bouquet, smoky oak, lovely fruit along with it, the palate delicate and restrained but intense at the same time, penetrating and long. A very taut, refined wine, with attractive tension and persistence. This is lovely now and has room to grow. (Huon Hooke, The Real Review) Inner quote mark (5/2022)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is such a beautifully crafted Adelaide Hills chardonnay! Complex, flinty nose with notes of toasted baguette, lime zest, Asian pear and fresh pineapple. I love the underplayed power on the very focused, medium-bodied palate. Fine tannins underline the long and intense wet-stone finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap. Inner quote mark (10/2022)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Like Shaw and Smith’s Tasmanian label, Tolpuddle, this is a Burgundy-influenced Chard with distinct seashell, struck match, grilled melon and preserved lemon characteristics. The midweight palate is slippery and toasty, with a beautiful line of acidity and a long finish. Polished and restrained, this is a class act that’s a bargain compared to Burgundy of similar ilk Inner quote mark (6/2023)


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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2023 | Send Email
I’ve been banging the drum regarding Australian Chardonnay for a while now. No where else are you going to find a higher level of quality and range of styles at a better price. From the cool-climate elegance of the Adelaide Hills to the richness and precision of the Yarra Valley, these diverse terroirs have fostered a new generation of winemakers with a keen focus on reinventing Australian Chardonnay. The Shaw + Smith is a perfect example of this. Produced across three vineyards in some of the coolest sites of the Adelaide Hills, Shaw + Smith has been consistently improving with every vintage and earning acclaim for their wines across Australia. Their Chardonnays are crafted with elegance and restraint, resulting in wines that are on par with some of Australia’s most iconic Chardonnays like the Leeuwin Art Series ($90), Penfolds Yattinara ($140), and Tasmanian producer Tolpuddle ($85).The M3 offers a bright and fresh aromas of stone and citrus fruit above honeysuckle. There’s a definite oak presence here, but you can taste the quality and the fineness of it with notes of vanilla and sweet cream integrating beautifully into lemon curd and white peach. At first sip, the wine seems delicate and pristine before a rush of fruit and acidity attack in the mid palate. A resounding finish with serious length and a persistent note of marzipan brings it to a close. An astonishingly good Chardonnay that deserves a seat among the best Chardonnays in Australia.
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