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MMAD Vineyard Blewitt Springs Chenin Blanc- McLaren Vale

MMAD Vineyard Blewitt Springs Chenin Blanc 2022 - McLaren Vale

Vintage: 2022 | Type: Whites | Producer: MMAD Vineyard
Region: South Australia
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle size: 750ml

Halliday Wine Companion
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$45.00: as part of any six
$50.00: single bottle
$540.00: Per case of 12 (free shipping)

97 Points - Halliday Wine Companion

Best Traditional White Wine - Best Single Vineyard Any Style (Other Than Shiraz) - Best Small Producer (MMAD Vineyard) - 2023 McLaren Vale Wine Show

The second vintage for the MMAD Vineyard team was a low-yielding and cool season, which warmed up nicely as we approached harvest. Fruit concentration is a feature of the year. Hand-picked fruit was crushed and fermented in concrete (50%) and whole bunch pressed and fermented in large old oak (50%). The result has frangipani aromas, zesty acid, but also generous fruit with cumquat and yellow nectarine flavours, and a touch of talcum powder. An intense and singular expression of old vine Chenin Blanc.

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Our notes

A cracking new venture from the team at Shaw + Smith. 


Halliday Wine Companion

The second release of this wine sees more depth and texture, reflecting an evolution of making after winemaker Adam Wadewitz got the measure of grape and site – on Maslin sands over ironstone. There’s chew and race in equal measure, with tart golden apples, ripe Meyer lemon, cool stone fruit, sea spray and savoury elements of crushed fennel seed, white pepper and a waxy chalkiness. Integrated barrel/mlf notes round out flavour and feel, with an intriguing saline slip to the palate complementing the subtle grip and the pleasing rip of natural acid. It’s a superb wine, thrillingly refined and detailed. The upward trajectory of this project is one to watch very closely.

Marcus Ellis

Wine Pilot

50% of the pickings were crushed and fermented to concrete and 50% was whole-bunch pressed and fermented in large-format seasoned oak. The Blewitt Springs vineyard was planted in 1939 and one does not often taste 80 year+ plus Chenin Blanc in Australia. As of 2022 the vineyard is solely in the management hands of the MMAD team. Flannel flowers, pomelo pith and pumice stone. White apple flesh, nectarine and lemon sorbet. It’s delicately floral with marine accents. Driftwood, salt spray and ozonic aromas. A white almond crunch with a briney salinity, the wine coils and stretches along the palate. The interplay of acidity, fine lacey phenolics and great length of flavour is becoming a trademark of style for this wine. Beautifully positioned for drinking with delicate raw seafood. Drink now and will cellar upwards of 8 years. Omakase come AT me.

Shanteh Wale

Producers notes

MMAD Vineyard was established by Shaw + Smith’s founders, Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW, and joint CEOs Adam Wadewitz and David LeMire MW.

The outstanding 2021 vintage is the first release of the MMAD Vineyard wines, featuring 100% single vineyard Chenin Blanc, Grenache and Shiraz. The MMAD wines aim to reflect the unique terroir of Blewitt Springs and the rare old vines that thrive there.

THE VINEYARD - MMAD Vineyard is perfectly located in the dress circle of Blewitt Springs, South Australia. The vineyard has some of the oldest plantings in Blewitt Springs, with Grenache planted in 1939, Shiraz in 1941, and Chenin Blanc in 1964. Blewitt Springs combines sandy soil, which enhances aromatics, and cool sea breezes that maintain freshness. MMAD Vineyard also has a layer of ironstone pebbles beneath the sand, which contributes to the wines’ structure and complexity.

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