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An illustrious vineyard winery of great historical import, the Kay Brothers Amery property is planted to sacred vines which can be traced back to cuttings transplanted from the original Hardy site at Tintara. Holding pride of place as one of Mclaren Vale's first commercial vineyards, the winemaking practices at Kay Brothers have remained largely unchanged since establishment in the nineteenth century. An ancient basket press, painted bright red, is still employed to gently crush grapes in the traditional old world way. The exquisite Kay Brothers range remains one of the most sensational values in superior vintages of new world wine, the fruit of distinguished old vines, family operated since establishment, an essential experience for every enthusiast of the timeless and enduring Aussie Claret style... The essence & excellence of old mclaren vale vines»
Established just eleven years after the founding of South Australia, the ancient vines in the Hundred Of Moorooroo were planted circa 1836 by the Jacob brothers, after accompanying Colonel William Light on the Seven Special Surveys expedition to populate Adelaide's north. Moorooroo endures as the nation's cardinal parcel of vine, the mother rootstock for many of the Barossa's most distinguished sites. For over a century, these sacred vines contributed fruit to the Orlando company, where they formed the backbone of countless spectacular historical vintages. Decimated by the government sponsored vine pull schemes of the 1980s, only four rows of these priceless vines were saved by master Ed Schild from complete annihilation. One of the smallest yielding blocks in the land, Moorooroo endures as one of the world's most illustrious vineyards... The fruit of vines established 1836»

Shaw Smith M3 Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Adelaide Hills South Australia
M3 Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from a single site, the Shaw+Smith M3 property at Woodside, named after the three partners in the vineyard, brothers Michael and Matthew Hill Smith, along with cousin Martin Shaw. M3 is a major refinement in styling, a serious attempt to produce an exceptional Chardonnay with the capacity to age gracefully. A sophisticated, barrel fermented wine with pure fruit character and restrained oak, exhibiting great elegance and exquisite length. A must for all enthusiasts of stately white wine.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$293.50
Shaw+Smith's M3 Vineyard consistently yields the most remarkable quality of Chardonnay, a continuity of harvests at every vintage, spectacular grapes offering great concentration of flavour and exhibiting splendid purity of varietal fruit. At an altitude of 420 metres, the close planted, low yielding vines are grown to sandy loam soils over red yellow clay with some shale. M3 is an assemblage of the respected I10V1 clone and the exciting new Bernard clones from Burgundy. Grapes are hand picked and whole bunch pressed prior to barrel fermentation and maturation in French oak. Wild indigenous yeasts ferment batches to dry, followed by partial malolactic, nine months maturation and sedimentery lees battonage.
Paler hues than most Chardonnay. M3 opens slightly austere, offering restrained fruit and a hint of honeysuckle before revealing a palate of great length. White stone fruit flavours and savoury, toasted nuts complexity around a solid core of fruit, the oak is beautifully handled. Elegantly structured with a long and fine, bone dry finish. A superior single vineyard wine of power and sophistication.
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