Maxwell `Silver Hammer` Shiraz 2010 (12 x 750mL), McLaren Vale, SA.

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$215.88 per case
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The winter of 2010 brought very good rainfall to the region. The combination of good water levels in the subsoil and a mild Summer ripening period encouraged healthy canopy growth and good fruit crops across both red and white varietals.

Harvest commenced later than average and the resultant wines have good natural acidity and fruit spice with supple tannin profiles. Grape sugar levels were generally lower than average at the point of harvest and this paired with good acidity has produced some elegant wines which will age gracefully.

SA - McLaren Vale
South Australia

Winery Tasting Notes


The colour is deep dark red with crimson hues.


The bouquet is abundant with plum, mulberry and red cherries, coupled with hints of mocha, vanilla, liquorice and black olive.


The Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz delivers all the hallmarks that make the combination of this variety and the McLaren Vale region so famous - a plush palate showing vibrant dark berry fruits, mulberry and dark chocolate, with underlying notes of freshly ground black pepper, matched with some subtle American oak. The result is a wonderfully generous and approachable wine with excellent depth of flavour, fine silky tannins and fruit length.

Cellaring Potential

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

SA - McLaren Vale
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

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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