Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay 2020

Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay 2020

 

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Shaw and Smith
M3 Chardonnay 2020
  • Vintage : 2020
  • Country : Australia
  • Region : Adelaide Hills
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Creamy Full Bodied White
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13°
  • Grappes : 100% Chardonnay

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 96 2020
DCT Decanter 94 2020
RP Robert Parker 93 2016
JH James Halliday 97 2015
WE Wine Enthusiast 92 2015
WS Wine Spectator 91 2015
W&S Wines & Spirits 90 2015
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James Suckling (JS) : 96 Points (2020)
Ripe peach, lemon and plenty of toasted hazelnut oak, sitting on a mix of flint and wet stones. The palate has great density and depth with concentrated peach and lemon. A little pastry, too. Smooth, with bright acidity. Impressive depth and balance here. Drink or hold.

Decanter (DCT) : 94 Points (2020)
Savory notes take the lead in a striking tenor voice. Lacks the feistiness of previous vintages, but 2020 was hardly kind in the Hills. Clean, firm, proud and very well built, this is the elegant, talented diplomat that shows no emotion.

Robert Parker (RP) : 93 Points (2016)
The 2016 M3 Chardonnay kicks off with trace aromas of struck match and roasted cashew, then opens into grilled pineapple and peach. It's medium to full-bodied, providing a generous mid-palate of fruit, then tightens up and refocuses on the citrus-laden finish. It's one of the best M3 Chards I can recall tasting, showing lovely balance and complexity.

James Halliday (JH) : 97 Points (2015)
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.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 92 Points (2015)
The M3 Chardonnay has evolved into a tight, refined style. It's medium-bodied and tart, with crisp acids that frame juicy citrus flavors. A subtle note of struck match marks the nose, alongside hints of orange zest.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 91 Points (2015)
Strikes a balance between vibrant, crisp pineapple and lemon flavors and a warm, toasty cedar note. Harmonious and intense on the finish.Â

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 90 Points (2015)
A pale, earthy Chardonnay, this is zipped up behind its flinty reduction, needing time in a decanter to show its juicy lemon and lemongrass notes.

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Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay 2020 Reviewed by James Suckling 26-03-2022 . Score: 5