M3 Chardonnay 2014

Named for the initials of the winery's three owners (Michael, Martin, Matthew), M3 Chardonnay is sourced principally from the Shaw + Smith vineyard at Lenswood. Low yields are achieved by aggressive pruning and pre harvest bunch thinning. All fruit is hand picked to avoid damage. Whole bunches are chilled overnight prior to pressing and barrel fermentation takes place in new, one and two year old French barriques. Wild yeast fermentation and partial malolactic fermentation add complexity and mouth-feel. Finally, the wine is rested in barrique, with some lees stirring to build complexity. Special care is taken not to over oak the wine, maintaining fruit integrity.

Tasting Notes

A beautifully complex nose showing lemon, apple and white peach along with biscuit notes. The palate displays trademark M3 elegance and restraint with an extra dimension of creaminess through the finish. A wine of depth and concentration that balances generous fruit flavours with savoury characters and crisp acidity.

Food Pairing

Superb alongside grilled Pacific Sea Bass with a caper butter sauce.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Lenswood, Woodside, Lobethal
Soil composition
Sandy-Loam overlying Quartzite and Shale
Training method
Double-Guyot VSP
Elevation
1,254 - 1,815 feet
Vines/acre
740 - 1,110
Yield/acre
3.2 tons
Harvest time
March
First vintage of this wine
2000
Bottles produced of this wine
60,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container
Barriques and Puncheons
Age of Aging Container
New to 3 years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
15 days
Fermentation temperature
68 °F
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques and Barrels
Length of bottle aging
8 months
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
11 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
12.5 %
pH level
3.2
Residual sugar
<2 g/L
Acidity
7 g/L

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