“What I like about the M3 – and all the Shaw + Smith wines – is the sense of precision. A wine of cool professionalism, without sacrificing approachability. A welcome tip- toe balance between ripe-enough white peach fruit, sculpted by oak and subtle winemaking touches, and the support brace of acidity to bring everything together with sparkling freshness. What’s equally remarkable is that S + S achieved all this in a vintage that you’d not call easy. I’m even putting it out there that this ’18 vintage tops the (superb) ’17, in contrast to the prevailing vintage norms. The only quibble, hard to find, is whether it is too delicate, too lean. Still, masterfully crafted, precise modern Chardonnay with flavour AND acidity? I’m in. We’re in.”
"Richer vintage for the classic Shaw + Smith M3 style but it doesn’t lose shape. Lemon butter and apple juice meets toasty oak, the finish still shaped by grapefruit but it’s softer than in some years. More approachable early and very likeable, it’s a carefully made Hills Chardonnay from a warm year. You can be on my dinner table anytime M3."
"That late vintage – and judicious early picking – has delivered a cool and elegant red, with a lucid, red cherry palate that is only medium bodied, lightly herbal and nice and fragrant. Imperceptible oak and all fruit, it’s a very pretty wine. But is it just a bit too lean? Is that quest for elegance at the expensive of true palate weight? Classy wine at every turn regardless."
"Super fresh and vibrant nose with grapefruit, melon and cut grass. The juicy palate balances out slightly tropical citrus with very fresh acidity. Despite that firm acid this is perfectly ripe too. It’s not meant to be a complex wine, but the definition – without harshness – is spot on. Yes."