Shaw + Smith 'Lenswood Vineyard' Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, Australia 2016

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Shaw + Smith 'Lenswood Vineyard' Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, Australia 2016

59.00

If Australia has produced a more thrilling Chardonnay than this, then we haven’t tasted it. This high altitude vineyard has allowed Shaw + Smith to produce a wine with all the fruit intensity and mineral persistence of a Jean-Marc Roulot Mersault or a Pierre Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet. It's almost brutal, like being assaulted by a gang of rocks and grapes. If you are in any doubt as to whether Australia can challenge the finest white Burgundy, then you ought to try this, because it's the gamechanger we have been waiting for. 13% alc. Drink now-2026.


Press reviews:

The Australian Wine Companion: “A compelling wine; exudes power with lots of flavour but doesn't appear overworked or too big. Kicks off with ginger flower, more stone fruit this vintage, some citrus (especially mandarin), and complex leesy notes with creamed honey. Deep, with a luscious palate of woodsy spices and balanced oak. Complex, yet keeps a lightness of touch.” 97 Points

James Suckling: “This offers impressive complexity and depth. Really tight-wound and reductive with citrus and peaches abound. The palate has a sleek, composed and linear style and really impressively judged ripeness. There’s a zesty edge to the fruit. Elegant and long.” 96 points

Gourmet Traveller: “The high-altitude Lenswood Vineyard has enabled Shaw + Smith to up the ante for Chardonnay. The complex bouquet holds lemon/citrus and mineral nuances, while the palate is tremendously intense, delicate and precise.” 96 Points

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