M3 Chardonnay 2016

The Shaw + Smith winery was built in 2000, giving us the ability to whole-bunch press cold grapes, and allowing the evolution of style reflected in the first M3 Chardonnay from that 2000 vintage. The most significant event since then came in 2012 with the purchase of the Lenswood vineyard. Chardonnay was originally planted in Lenswood for sparkling wine production but as site knowledge has evolved, it now fulfils its potential for fine still wine, with finesse, flavour, and great natural acidity.

About the Vineyard

Shaw + Smith own two vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, at Balhannah and Lenswood, totalling 55 ha. The vineyards are planted to varieties that perform particularly well in the region, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz.

Wine Production

Hand picked and whole bunch pressed. Fermented and matured on lees in French oak barriques and puncheons.

Tasting Notes

Aiming for elegance, restraint and the ability to age, acid is bright and there’s generosity of flavour. Typically it shows white flowers, citrus, and nectarine notes.

The 2016 vintage had warm but even ripening conditions, and our elevated sites gave us flavoursome, precise Chardonnay.

Food Pairing

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

Production Info
Vineyard name
Lenswood
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
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
9 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13 %
pH level
3.2
Residual sugar
0.7 g/L
Acidity
6.9 g/L

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