An exploration of wine

836. Shaw+Smith, M3 Chardonnay Adelaide Hills, 2012

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Book 5 Wine 836

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I’ve long thought of M3 Chardonnay as benchmark Aussie Chardonnay. This vintage is certainly in the classic style, but somehow disappointed a little – missing some degree of palate density and integration perhaps. Mid green-gold. Vegetal lees aromatics on entry, then cream and a touch of new oak in the background. Passionfruit notes then emerge. Quite a lot of winemaking. Moderate intensity, slightly flinty passionfruit and ripe lemon palate. Mid length, with some creamy oak touches at the finish.

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