Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay 2013 (Adelaide Hills, SA)
12.5%, Screwcap, $45
Tasted a few times now and it looks better every taste. A much more rounder style for M3, in line with the vintage, though countered with some early picking (hence the low alcohol).
There’s been a move towards a more delicate style of M3 in recent times, with less malo and an emphasis on minerality. Mostly it works, sometimes can be a bit lean – onwards and upwards regardless.
Overall this is less convincing and more broadly set than the storming 2012, but there’s a sense of just how carefully made a wine this is. High quality Chardonnay from a mixed vintage for Hills whites.