New Wines, Old Vines - MMAD Vineyard

by Hugh French | Mar 28, 2024


MMAD Vineyard



The team responsible for the renowned Shaw + Smith and Tolpuddle wineries has recently launched a new venture in McLaren Vale. Michael Hill-Smith, Martin Shaw, Adam Wadewitz, and David LeMaire were drawn to the opportunity of working with old vine material, some of which was planted in 1939, on the revered Blewitt Springs sands.

In addition to producing excellent wines, the MMAD collective considers themselves as custodians of the vines. They acknowledge that this land has been producing exceptional wines for generations and will continue to do so for generations to come.

The 2022 vintage, only the second vintage of this newcomer, has garnered outstanding reviews from critics. We had an opportunity to try them earlier this week and can wholeheartedly agree with the high praise.

All wines below are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days. To place your order click on the links below, email, or callus on 03 9419 6990.



2022 Blewitt Springs Grenache
Usually $75 - Special Offer $69

"This is ballistically good. I doubt that I’ll taste anything much better from these shores over the next 12 months. The first thing you notice is the plushness, which is always welcome, but it’s the the finish that takes things to eleven. Wow, really, this wine has a show-stopping finish on it. It’s blessed with red and blue berry flavours, cedarwood, roasted spice and earth, but itemising the flavours of this wine kind of misses the point. It’s like focussing on the colour of a tidal wave. The complete and utter command of the final flourish of flavour and tannin here feels, as you swallow, like a high water mark. I’m sold, totally sold, on this wine."
97 Points
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

"The second release of the MMAD Vineyard label, and off its 1939-planted Blewitt Springs vineyard. About 15% whole bunches, fermented in wood and steel, maturation in concrete and large old French oak. Unlike the 2022 shiraz, this takes time to emerge from the glass. It’s all there, though. There’s a brooding quality at present, with nori, iodine and ferrous notes filtering up through dark red cherry, plum, raspberry and sultry florals. Some spicy, musky characters emerge with air. Tannin is a meaningful factor, a pleasingly natural grape-derived affair, rugged but never rustic. A seriously compelling wine, and further proof of how thrilling McLaren Vale grenache is right now, for both its quality and the unparalleled diversity in top-flight expressions."
97 Points
Marcus Ellis, The Halliday Wine Companion



2022 Blewitt Springs Shiraz
Usually $75 - Special Offer $69

"If you’re lucky, and most of us aren’t, there comes a time in your life when it all comes together. I suspect that’s what’s happened with this Blewitt Springs vineyard, planted in the middle of the Second World War, and the collection of wine people behind MMAD, all of whom have weathered a lot of summers in a lot of places in the pursuit of wine excellence. This wine tastes of a lot of right decisions, and of a lot of time spent in the journey to them. It has texture, balance, flavour and all that, but as my mum would say, ‘any dumb bunny can do that’. More importantly, what this wine has is all the nods and winks. I once wrote, a long time ago, of a moment where union legend David Campese ran straight through a bunch of defenders without breaking stride, or altering course. He did something, something that couldn’t be seen, and made the impossible look effortless. So too here. It has degrees of silk, fruit enough, a spinnaker on the finish, a volume of nuance. If there was such a thing for single vineyard, vintage, Aussie shiraz, this wine would be classified as first growth."
97 Points
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

"This is a seriously impressive release, showcasing winemaker Adam Wadewitz’s learnings from the first vintage and the bounty of full viticultural control. The old-vine fruit could easily handle about one-third whole bunch, a Wadewitz favourite. And that impact is profoundly positive, weaving in spicy, smoky notes and complexing tannins to provide exceptional tension without greenness. Red and blue fruits, violet and dusky red florals, coal dust, anise, cacao and roasted coffee bean. Intensity on the palate at moderate alcohol and no heavy mid-palate sweetness nor new oak. Rather, it is poised throughout, with fruit intensity seamlessly meshed into a silky, supple but aptly assertive structure, a ferrous nori/kelp mineral note underpinning. For a site purchased prizing grenache, this is a revelation."
97 Points
Marcus Ellis, The Halliday Wine Companion



All wines above are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days. To place your order click on the links below, email, or callus on 03 9419 6990.





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