2022 MMAD Vineyard Chenin Blanc
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2022 MMAD Vineyard Chenin Blanc

McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
$47. 99
$575.88 Dozen
ABV: 13%
Closure: Stelvin

Other Reviews....
The second release of this wine sees more depth and texture, reflecting an evolution of making after winemaker Adam Wadewitz got the measure of grape and site – on Maslin sands over ironstone. There’s chew and race in equal measure, with tart golden apples, ripe Meyer lemon, cool stone fruit, sea spray and savoury elements of crushed fennel seed, white pepper and a waxy chalkiness. Integrated barrel/mlf notes round out flavour and feel, with an intriguing saline slip to the palate complementing the subtle grip and the pleasing rip of natural acid. It’s a superb wine, thrillingly refined and detailed. The upward trajectory of this project is one to watch very closely. Drink 2023 - 2033.
97 Points
Marcus Ellis - Halliday's Australian Wine Companion

I would imagine that a great deal of cross studies, comparative tastings and with that, cross-pollination has occurred via South Africa. The use of oak, the mineral reductive torque and aromas of cheese cloth, yellow to green plum and gritty sandy finish, reminiscent. Yet this is beautifully saline, mid-weighed and distinctly maritime, as if sucking on desert sand while chewing wild fennel. Very Vale. Increasingly fine. I feel that the textural mandala can be expanded even further. A journey worth following. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
93 Points
Ned Goodwin MW - JamesSuckling.com

I cut my teeth on chenin blanc, McLaren Vale chenin at that, but the wines I was drinking in the late 1980s didn’t bear a great deal of resemblance to this majestic offering.
I’m a bit blown away. Instead of being the steak knives in the range this vies for top spot. It has flavour and texture but it’s the way brine and smoky, reductive characters play in with the fruit that really gets you in. This is a sophisticated white wine. It’s all river stones and nashi pear, apple and cedar, though it’s defined by its smoke/salt/stone characters. It’s also exceptionally poised, dry and tense, all of which suggest that it has a seriously good future ahead of it. Drink 2024 - 2031
96 Points
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front