- Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards 2012
- Gold - Sommelier Wine Awards 2012
Australia‘s Chardonnays get better and better – so much more restrained and elegant than the butterscotch-and-sun-in-a-glass of yore. The cousins at the helm of Shaw & Smith were among the first to inspire this change, in the Adelaide Hills, and this wine encapsulates it – taut, fresh and layered with minerals, orchard fruit and oak.
The formula is tried and true; hand - picked, whole bunch - pressed in a cool environment... stone fruit, citrus, cashew and fig all combine seamlessly on the long and flawless palate.
Very pale. Light, vaguely mineral nose. Very tight. Made with great ambition for the long term.
A cooler year makes for greater freshness and finesse – love the slippery, sleek’n seamless delivery of this M3, which shows white peach, nectarine and melon. Subtly oaked its long, layered and lingering. Youthful, primary but poised, it has all the ingredients to age beautifully.
Smith & Shaw‘s single-vineyard Chardonnay is an old favourite of ours: you‘d call it Burgundian for its savoury-citrus complexity and layered texture, but we prefer to think of it as a prime example of the cool-climate Adelaide Hills. An elegant skillful performance – the Naomi Watts of wine.
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.
Delicate and precise. Lovely fluidity and long and fresh.