M3 is at the forefront of the ongoing refinement and evolution of Australian Chardonnay. We aim for elegance, restraint, and the capacity to age in bottle. Stone fruit and citrus notes dominate the nose, and continue onto the palate. The palate shows restraint and subtlety, with flavours of lemon zest and grapefruit, with a biscuity note. There is also intensity and weight to the palate, held in check by a seam of crisp acid that keeps it fresh and tight. 2013 was a fine growing season, with some warm days balanced by consistently cool nights. It was a relatively dry season, and grapes ripened a touch earlier than usual. The weather leading up to harvest was mostly dry, ensuring perfectly healthy fruit. Sourced principally from the Shaw + Smith vineyards at Woodside and Lenswood. Low yields achieved by aggressive pruning and pre harvest bunch thinning. Hand picked to avoid fruit damage. Whole bunches chilled overnight prior to pressing. Barrel fermentation in new, one and two year old French barriques. Wild yeast fermentation and partial malolactic fermentation (30%) add complexity and mouth-feel. Nine months in barrique, with some lees stirring to build complexity. Special care is taken not to over oak the wine, maintaining fruit integrity.