After a trio of faultless wines from 2005 (94pts), 2006 (95pts) and 2007 (95pts), Shaw and Smith is now firmly entrenched as a front runner among Australia's chardonnay class. At $40 a bottle the M3 is around half the price of many of its direct competitors.
Funky and complex, Shaw and Smith's 2008 M3 presents a lively fragrance of nectarine, peach, cumquat, melon, spice and paw paw aromas, whose perfectly integrated cheesy, leesy notes and fresh nutty/vanilla/butter oak state something of the wild. Without doubt its compelling bouquet is character laden in an artful fashion. Long and shapely, its fluffy palate offers a wonderfully measured intensity of nutty, toasty, white stonefruit and citrus flavour, which is simultaneously fruity and savoury. Sensuously creamed grapefruit/limey acids coat the brimming palate, leaving a lasting impression of brightness and quirky complexity.
ü Absolutely dripping with character, this flawless chardonnay is a magnificent wine in every sense. Drink to 2014.