Wine Spectator

31st March, 2013

Harvey Steiman

Lithe and deftly balanced, this is a bit reticent but tightly wound with spicy, delicately smoky pear, Winesap apple and lime flavours that weave together in ideal propositions. Shows depth and finesse.

1st February, 2013

The Wine Gang, 93 points

Smith & Shaw's single-vineyard Chardonnay is an old favourite of ours: you'd call it Burgundian for its savoury-citrus complexity and layered texture, but we prefer to think of it as a prime example of the cool-climate Adelaide Hills. An elegant skillful performance the Naomi Watts of wine.

The Irish Times

19th May, 2012

John Wilson

High-quality Chardonnay. The tight, focused, concentrated green fruits and crisp acidity are currently masked by new oak, but with time this should even out leaving a wine that compares favourably with the far more expensive white wines of Burgundy.

13th October, 2011

Jancis Robinson MW, 17.5 points

Delicate and precise. Lovely fluidity and long and fresh.

The Observer

3rd February, 2013

David Williams

Australia's Chardonnays get better and better so much more restrained and elegant than the butterscotch-and-sun-in-a-glass of yore. The cousins at the helm of Shaw & Smith were among the first to inspire this change, in the Adelaide Hills, and this wine encapsulates it taut, fresh and layered with minerals, orchard fruit and oak.

Australian Wine Companion 2013

1st September, 2012

James Halliday, 96 points

The formula is tried and true; hand - picked, whole bunch - pressed in a cool environment... stone fruit, citrus, cashew and fig all combine seamlessly on the long and flawless palate.

18th April, 2012

Jancis Robinson MW, 16 points

Very pale. Light, vaguely mineral nose. Very tight. Made with great ambition for the long term.

16th September, 2011

Sarah Ahmed

A cooler year makes for greater freshness and finesse love the slippery, sleek'n seamless delivery of this M3, which shows white peach, nectarine and melon. Subtly oaked its long, layered and lingering. Youthful, primary but poised, it has all the ingredients to age beautifully.