MMAD Shiraz 2021


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South Australia, Australia
98 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 its 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 gave beautiful balance to the Shiraz. The fruit was hand-picked, 80% destemmed, and whole berries and whole bunches were fermented in open vats with gentle extraction. There is old vine concentration, and opulence on the palate, with notes of mulberry, blackberry, cinnamon, and dark chocolate. Generous, layered, and complex, with tannins and savoury notes that keep the fruit in check.


98 points
Wine Pilot

An abundance of overgrown blackberries, mulberry, and dark chocolate. Crushed cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon make for an intoxicating aroma. It’s all here, all the reasons we adore Shiraz. Fruit for days, generosity, fine acidity, and a smoother-than-silk finish. The line and length of the wine tell a tale of sophisticated Shiraz handling, that will age for many years to come. A total delight of a wine that would not disappoint even the snobbiest Shiraz drinker. Drink with an excellent beef wellington or Sunday pot roast.

97 points
James Halliday

Deep but bright colour announces a wine of tremendous presence, the whole-bunch component 15-20%, 15 days on skins, 33% in concrete vessels, the balance in stainless steel and used oak. A magical combination of techniques to produce blackberry, licorice and dark chocolate flavours, the tannins so fine they are almost silky.


Screw cap
Serving Temp.
16-18 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2041

Tasting Profile

Vibrant purple in colour, vivid aromas, and flavours of blackberry, damson plum, violets, and spice. Balance is key here. Contrasting sensations, as the liquid sits lightly, yet projects volume and generosity.
Long flavours, nicely rendered plush tannins, and a dash of bright acidity keep it all in check. A very clever wine with good purity and expression.

MMAD Shiraz 2021

MMAD Shiraz 2021

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