Shaw + Smith 'M3' Chardonnay 2020 - 750ml

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98pts Vintage Journal

Pale color. Intense white peach nectarine, grapefruit aromas, with tonic water/ flinty notes. Beautifully concentrated white peach, nectarine fruits, very attractive flinty, yeasty/biscuity notes, fine lacy textures, superb mid-palate viscosity and pure fresh linear acidity. Finishes chalky with abundant ripe stone fruit notes and beautiful mineral length. A textbook ultra-fine chardonnay with wonderful definition, creaminess and vinosity. Drink soon to take advantage of the fruit clarity, but should keep for a while.

96pts James Suckling

Ripe peach, lemon and plenty of toasted hazelnut oak, sitting on a mix of flint and wet stones. The palate has great density and depth with concentrated peach and lemon. A little pastry, too. Smooth, with bright acidity. Impressive depth and balance here. Drink or hold.

94pts Decanter
Savory notes take the lead in a striking tenor voice. Lacks the feistiness of previous vintages, but 2020 was hardly kind in the Hills. Clean, firm, proud and very well built, this is the elegant, talented diplomat that shows no emotion.

93pts Vinous

Translucent yellow. Mineral-accented nectarine, Meyer lemon and jasmine on the intensely perfumed nose. Silky and energetic in the mouth, vibrant orchard and citrus fruit flavors are complemented by fennel, sweet butter and oyster shell flourishes. Shows impressive depth as well as nerviness and finishes minerally and very long, with resonating mineral and floral notes.

Wine Spectator

Vibrant, with an intense mix of lemon curd, butterscotch and dried herb notes that are juicy and tangy, plus accents of ruby grapefruit and candied ginger on the finish.

Winemaker Notes
Aiming for elegance, restraint and the ability to age, acid is bright and there’s generosity of flavor. Typically it shows white flowers, citrus, and nectarine notes.

This wine is superb alongside grilled Pacific Sea Bass with a caper butter sauce.