"The fruit for the 2009 M3 Chardonnay was pre-chilled and pressed cold straight to barrel (French barriques, 20% new) with no setting. It underwent 90% natural ferment and 50% malo-lactic. It seems youthfully mute at the moment with subtle notes of lemon curd, oatmeal, peach blossom, fresh apricot and honey-nut plus a whiff of cedar. Medium-bodied, the palate has a great deal of tension with crisp acid, a satiny texture and a long finish. Give it another 6-12 months in bottle and drink it through 2015." 91 Points, Wine Advocate.
"Knocks spots off all but the best white burgundy. Butter fudge on the palate, among other treats.
Absolute ringer for grand cru burgundy flavours of nut, cream and nectarine with terrific length." - The Sunday Times.
"A very young, high-quality Chardonnay. The tight, focused, concentrated green fruits and crisp acidity are currently masked by new oak, but with time this should even out leaving a wine that compares favourably with the far more expensive white wines of Burgundy." - John Wilson, The Irish Time, 19 May 2012.
Established in 1989 by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith, Shaw and Smith's aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that stand amongst 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 and Smith specialise in grape varieties suited to the cooler climate, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The wines are vinified at Shaw and Smith's winery in the Hills.