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