MMAD Vineyard Blewitt Springs Chenin Blanc 2022

MMAD Vineyard Blewitt Springs Chenin Blanc 2022

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MMAD Vineyard Blewitt Springs Chenin Blanc

Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia

Vintage: 2022

Bottle size: 75cl

Grape: Chenin Blanc

ABV: 13%

The wine combines a finesse from the whole bunch pressed component with more texture from the crushed fruit, and an array of characters including citrus peel, kumquat, wet stone, hessian, and sea-spray. The palate is long and framed by crisp acidity. The wine has exciting ageing potential and is an intense and singular expression of old vine Chenin Blanc.

Located in the dress circle of Blewitt Springs, MMAD Vineyard was first planted in 1939, and the oldest Chenin Blanc blocks date from 1964. The vineyard has the fine Maslin sands found in Blewitt Springs, and is exposed to fresh sea breezes from the south west. Below the sand is a layer of ironstone pebbles, and this combination of sand, ironstone, and cooling winds gives both perfume and structure to the wines.

MMAD Vineyard is a partnership between Tolpuddle and Shaw + Smith’s founders, Martin Shaw and Michael Hill-Smith MW, chief winemaker and CEO Adam Wadewitz and CEO David LeMire MW. MMAD was conceived as an acronym of the team’s initials. For many years, this talented quartet had been searching for a site in the McLaren Vale. In early 2021 they purchased an established vineyard in Blewitt Springs, attracted by the potential of old vine Chenin Blanc, Shiraz and Grenache.