An exploration of wine

638. Shaw+Smith, M3 Chardonnay Adelaide Hills, 2009

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Book 4 Wine 638

£24; 13.5%

The benchmark for cool-climate, elegant Aussie Chardonnay. Pale gold colour. Quite pronounced, clean nose of limey citrus fruit, with ripe pear skin, some oatmealy notes from subtle oak and lees stirring. But above all, a definite ‘chalky’ aromatic note. Medium-bodied, medium alcohol and quite crisp acidity, coupled with more chalky pear-citrus flavours balance this out. Very subtle, soft-but-not-fat mouthfeel. Medium+ length. Very drinkable. Burgundian.

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