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Established in 1989 by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith, Shaw and Smith’s aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that stand amongst the best of their type in Australia.
Nothing to do with motorways, the M3 Vineyard at Woodside is named after the vineyard owners, Michael and Martin along with Michael`s brother Matthew.
Hand picked grapes were chilled overnight and then whole bunch pressed. The must was barrel fermented with over 50% wild yeasts in one third new, one third one year old and one third two year old French barriques (approx 228 litres) for ten months, during which time the lees were regularly stirred and partial malolactic fermentation allowed to take place.
The ‘M3′ opens with aromas of white flowers, grapefruit, and white peach. Notes of brioche and toast add complexity to the elegant fruit. The palate is long and flavoursome, with great texture and bright acidity. Savoury, toasty nuances from the oak are beautifully integrated and linger on the finish.