Maxwell Ellen Street Shiraz 2017
- Rich, full-bodied
- McLaren Vale
Maxwell do McLaren very very well, which you may be aware of if you have tried any of their luscious red wines, or had the chance to sit on their balcony for lunch. It is a truely magical place and the warm weather doesn’t stop the visitors from putting back their velvety reds.
This wine is named after Ellen Street that runs along the southern boundary of the Maxwell vineyards and the shiraz vines planted there in 1953. This age brings concentration and complexity, which are both present on the nose and palate. Plum and spice jump out of the glass, classic McLaren fruit generosity, with a touch of vanilla from the oak. The palate is as luscious and velvety as expected - plum, cherry, cinnamon, raspberry - they are all there and hang around on a long finish.
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- McLaren Vale
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- 100% Shiraz
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From the producer
Deep purple / red in colour. Aromas of aniseed, blood plum and vanilla bean, dried herbs and cherries. Classic Shiraz flavours of cherry, liquorice and plum fill a generous palate with more subtle notes of cinnamon, vanilla and raspberry make a complex yet elegant wine with a soft velvety tannin structure to provide a long finish.
The winter of 2016 was very wet, with Pedler Creek flooding into some of our lower lying vineyards, a once in a decade event which refreshes the soils, allowing salts to be flushed away. From August to early January conditions were quite dry, allowing healthy restrained growth across the estate and average crop levels have resulted in high quality grapes. After many years of earlier starts to harvest, 2017 went back to the predictable 1st of March.
18 months in new and old oak. Mainly French oak, but some American for complexity.
McLaren Vale is a region that lives in the shadow of the hype of the Barossa. While it has played on Shiraz as its drawcard, and continues to battle (quite rightly) with the supreme power of the Barossa, perhaps the most exciting wines from this region are its old vine Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre/Monastrell - whatever you want to call it), and its more recent foray into Spanish and Italian varietals. Both the sun's warmth and the reliable salty afternoon gully breeze make the climate closer to Mediterranean than many other Aussie regions, and some of the Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese from here are sublime (to name only a few). Awareness, proper consideration and sense of place are key attributes to the region's success, and its recent win against urbanisation reinforces the value of the viticultural region.
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