Monday, December 14, 2009

Shaw & Smith M3 Vineyard Chardonnay

I reviewed the 2005 vintage of this wine a little while ago. Tonight I had the 2008 Shaw & Smith M3 Vineyard Chardonnay.

This has really become a smart and reliable wine. I feel that in its young edition it does not quite have the mouthfeel of a Leeuwin or Giaconda, but nor does it have their price tag. The wine tastes of citrus and grapefruit, it has a graceful structure with a lifting and fresh finish. The wine will improve with 3-4 year cellaring and develop more complex, in particular nutty characters, but it is a refreshing and complex enough drink now. It is versatile with a lot of white wine foods. If you can wait for a couple of years, you will be rewarded.

Score: 93/+

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