97 Points James Halliday
Trophy for Best Chardonnay of Show 2016 Adelaide Hills Wine Show
( knocked off Penfolds Bin A to claim trophy)
M3 is at the forefront of the ongoing refinement and evolution of Australian Chardonnay. We aim for elegance, restraint, and the capacity to age in bottle.
Sourced predominantly from the Shaw + Smith vineyard at Lenswood. All the fruit is hand-picked. Bunches were chilled overnight, whole-bunch pressed, then fermented in new and used French oak. Nine months in oak with some lees stirring. Two months in tank on lees prior to bottling.
Aromas of white flowers, grapefruit, and white peach. A note of brioche adds complexity. These notes carry through to the palate, which is long and flavoursome, with mid-palate texture and bright acid.
“M3 now comes from selected sites over the Adelaide Hills, not from the vineyard previously called M3. Pale straw-green; it may be autosuggestion, but this has great freshness, vibrancy and finesse, the flavours pitched halfway between white peach/stone fruit on the one hand, grapefruit/citrus on the other. Obviously fermented in French oak, but is not obviously oaky.” – 97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday