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2018 Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay
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- Cellar 5 - 6 years (2024-2025)
- ABV 13%
- Closure: Stelvin
Brilliant very pale straw almost water like core with a glimmer of green to the edges. Refined white peach and ripe nectarine aromas show good elevation intermingling with subtlety toasted biscuity oak, faint dried honey, gun flint and spicy citrus notes. Elegant with a gentle creamy textural quality, flavours of fleshy peaches, ripe nectarines and citrus fruits show terrific drive across the medium weighted palate. Infusions of gun flint, biscuity oak, subtle dried honey and spice then chime in to provide added interest. Finishes fresh and balanced with a long finely tuned aftertaste.
Cellar 5-6 years.
Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay is a wine of note. It’s a wine with a view, as in we all have one of it. It’s come a long way over the years.
I like my flint and funk but when I first opened this it was alarming. It was a matchbox factory. Some chardonnays need a decant and a wait. Give this time and it shows both power and poise, its grapefruit, custard apple and stone fruit flavours woven expertly with cedar, oatmeal, almond milk and matches. It has a quartz-like aspect, a bristle to its brilliance. It’s narrow but it’s not lean; there’s more than enough power to its fruit. It should drink quite sensationally, from appropriate glassware, in another 2-4 years. Drink 2021-2027.
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front