|Probably appropriate that this photo
is slightly out of focus..
Shaw + Smith Chardonnay 2010 (Adelaide Hills, SA)
13%, Screwcap, $40
It’s an unsual wine this one, a much riper one in the context of M3 and oddly pineappley. I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt but no question I struggled a fraction.
Has a real lactic nose this wine, a contained, tight and fine French oak etched nose over a palate that you’re just expecting more from. There’s a pine-lime Splice character on the palate that is divisive and ripe-ish, even though the acidity is still sprightly and the length assured. Actually the length is really very good, an indicator that this could just be in a phase. By day two it just looked broader and more pineapple through the middle, missing the finer details perhaps even though the acid line and the proper length are still there.