Maxwell `Little Demon` Cabernet Merlot 2012 (6 x 750mL), McLaren Vale, SA.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
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$89.94 per pack
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In 1871 Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell proposed a thought experiment, that involved a hypothetical creature acting as a gatekeeper between two compartments to sort gas molecules according to their speed. At first glance, such a system could potentially create energy from nothing… theoretically impossible given the laws of physics. This hypothetical gatekeeper became known to physicists as Maxwell’s Little Demon, and has stirred debate in the science community for more than a century.

SA - McLaren Vale
South Australia

Expert Reviews

This has good depth of colour; sweetly jubey, essency aromas with a lacing of oak. A hint of crushed oyster shell. The tannins are emphatic and slightly grippy, and there’s a core of fruit sweetness and a slightly lifted oak note. A solid, gutsy red that offers a lot of character at a modest price. Now to 10 years. 14 per cent alcohol. Food: barbecued sausages Rating 88 -Huon Hook, (AUG/2013)

Winery Tasting Notes


Intense purple colour


Generous aromas of vanilla, raspberry and spices.


The palate is lively and fresh, medium bodied with complex flavours of blackcurrant, plum, cherries and chocolate with light smooth tannins. The Cabernet flavours really dominate in this wine but the softness of the Merlot rounds off the palate creating a well balanced wine.

Cellaring Potential

This wine is made to enjoy upon release, however it is expected that it will continue give excellent flavour at 4 to 6 years of age, assuming satisfactory cellaring conditions.

SA - McLaren Vale
Grape Style
Cabernet Blends
Closure Type
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Winery Profile

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Since 1979, family owned Maxwell Wines, with its forty acre estate vineyard, has built a reputation for producing hand made, rich and robust reds that combine exquisite fruit quality with structure and finesse. The signature Lime Cave Cabernet and Ellen Street Shiraz are acclaimed for their cellaring potential and purity of expression. The white wines achieve freshness and superb varietal character via slow, cool ferments that capture the delicacies of the grapes.

Their estate vineyards are some of the most favourably positioned in the McLaren Vale district. Situated on solid limestone, in proximity to the moderating effects of the Gulf of St Vincent, the conditions in the vineyards are ideal for producing small quantities of intensely flavoured grapes.

The oldest vines on the property were planted in 1953, directly below where the Winery now stands. Known within the Winery as the "Max Flat Block", these Shiraz vines always produce some of the best fruit on the estate, providing the base for the Ellen Street Shiraz. This block consists of alluvial red-brown clay over limestone, and is typically one of the earliest ripening Shiraz blocks in the region.

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