Shaw + Smith’s founders, Martin Shaw and cousin Michael Hill Smith MW have join forces with Adam Wadewitz and David LeMire MW to create a new venture named MMAD Vineyard.
The initials of the company are the first letter of their names.
Wadewitz and LeMire are joint CEOs and MMAD Vineyard will produce three single vineyard wines. These are Grenache, Shiraz and Chenin Blanc, planted in 1939, 1941 and 1964 respectively.
Formerly called Blewitt Springs, the 18-hectare vineyard is located in McLaren Vale in South Australia.
‘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 vines but the Shiraz has been a real surprise too,’ revealed Chief Winemaker Adam Wadewitz.
MMAD Vineyard partner David LeMire MW chimed in, ‘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.’
The 2021 MMAD Vineyard wines will be released in the second half of 2022.