Shaw + Smith founders Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW, and joint CEOs Adam Wadewitz and David LeMire MW, have bought a vineyard at Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale and will produce three single vineyard wines – a Grenache, Shiraz and Chenin Blanc.
The new label is called MMAD Vineyard – named after Martin, Michael, Adam and David – and the first wines will be released in the second half of 2022.
The vineyard is planted to Grenache, Shiraz and Chenin Blanc with the oldest vines, Grenache and Shiraz, planted in 1939, 1941 and 1964 respectively.
“The 18 hectare site is about very old vines, a great location farmed for quality and vine health, and making wines that reflect the site and season,” David LeMire MW says.
“This is rare earth, and the old vines are a precious resource and part of our viticultural history that we are grateful to have the chance to work with.”
Chief winemaker Adam Wadewitz says, “We have been looking around the area since 2014 and thinking about that unique little part of the Vale, higher but influenced by the sea with beautiful old vines, sand and ironstone.
“Originally we were drawn to the Grenache and Chenin being both old vine and interesting but the Shiraz has been a real surprise, too.”
Photograph – From left, Michael Hill Smith MW, Martin Shaw, Adam Wadewitz and David LeMire MW.