MMAD Chenin Blanc 2021


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South Australia, Australia
95 points


MMAD Vineyard, located in the dress circle of Blewitt Springs and first planted in 1939.

The old vines of Blewitt Springs are a precious resource and an important part of Australia’s viticultural heritage. In early 2021, MMAD Vineyard was purchased by a quartet made up of winemakers Martin Shaw and Adam Wadewitz, and Masters of Wine Michael Hill Smith and David LeMire. MMAD takes its name from their first initials. The MMAD Vineyard wines aim to reflect the unique terroir of Blewitt Springs and the rare old vines that grow there.

MMAD Vineyard is owned by a partnership of four wine professionals, Martin Shaw, Michael Hill Smith MW, Adam Wadewitz, and David LeMire MW.

Michael and Martin, who are cousins, founded Adelaide Hills winery Shaw + Smith together in 1989. Adam and David are now co-CEOs at Shaw + Smith, where Adam is the Chief Winemaker and David is the Head of Sales and Marketing.

From the first vintage for the MMAD team, and it’s hard to imagine a better season. Lovely mild ripening conditions provided a Chenin Blanc with bright acidity and plenty of flavours. The fruit was hand-picked, and approximately one-third was a whole bunch pressed to old French oak puncheons, and the balance was crushed for more skin contact, and fermented in concrete vats before going to puncheons.


95 points
James Halliday

Hand-picked, half whole bunch-pressed to used French puncheons for fermentation, the balance crushed into concrete tulip-shaped vessels before maturation in used French puncheons. The blend of components gives rise to textured, layered citrus peel flavours sewn together by a shaft of glistening acidity.

94 points

Seriously good wine. Intense, and textural, with a bit of x-factor and a finish that goes on and on. Citrus juice and rind, river stones, a peppery note, a hint of the sea. Some honey or perhaps honeyed but notes in there too; whispers on that sea breeze. Refined and powerful at once. MMAD has hit the ground running.


Screw cap
Serving Temp.
8-10 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2037
Food pairing
Seafood, Chacuterine and Goats Cheese

Tasting Profile

The wine combines a fineness from the whole bunch pressed component with more texture from the crushed fruit, and an array of characteristics including citrus peel, cumquat, hessian, sea spray, and a hint of lanolin.
The palate is long and framed by crisp acidity, with exciting aging potential.

MMAD Chenin Blanc 2021

MMAD Chenin Blanc 2021
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