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Shaw + Smith, ‘M3’ Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

Australia | 2017
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£28.00 a bottle

A contemporary and elegant Chardonnay from one of the Adelaide Hills’ most exciting producers. White flowers, citrus, and nectarines on the nose, alongside smoky notes from perfectly integrated oak. The Shaw + Smith, ‘M3’ Adelaide Hills Chardonnay is Sustainable, Vegetarian & Vegan.

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Origin

Fruit was sourced principally from their Lenswood vineyard. The Adelaide Hills has experience something of a revival over the last few decades; the area now boasts over 95 producers and 4000 hectares of vineyard, generally regarded as one of Australia’s most exciting cool climate areas. Surrounded by many of the traditional wine growing areas of Australia, the region’s altitude means it experiences cooler temperatures by some 4-8 degrees. Therefore, the cool, dry summer and autumn ripening conditions help produce the desired composition, concentration, flavours and balance in the grapes.

Producer

Established in 1989 by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW, Shaw + Smith’s aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that stand among the best of their type in Australia. The wines are made exclusively from fruit grown in the Adelaide Hills, one of Australia’s coolest and most exciting regions. Shaw + Smith specialise in grape varieties suited to cooler climates, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and also make outstanding wines from Shiraz and Pinot Noir.

Grape Variety

100% Chardonnay.

Fruit was predominantly sourced from the Shaw + Smith vineyard at Lenswood, which was planted in 1999 and purchased by Martin and Michael in 2012. Undulating with east and west facing aspects at 455 – 500 metres above sea level, the soils are brown loams over clay with broken shale on the ridges. Low yields were achieved by aggressive pruning and pre-harvest bunch thinning. All fruit was hand picked to avoid any fruit damage.

The grapes were chilled overnight, whole bunch pressed, and then fermented in new and used French oak (one third of which was new). The wine was matured for nine months in oak with some lees stirring, then two months in tank on lees prior to bottling.

Food Match

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

A classic partner to fleshy white fish with a cream or butter sauce.

Alcohol Percentage

13.0%

Additional information

Grape Variety

Vintage

2017

Country of Origin

Other

Vegetarian, Vegan

Alcohol Percentage

13%

Region

Adelaide Hills

Style

Full Bodied & Rich Whites

Food Pairing

Pork, Poultry, Seafood, White Fish

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