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.
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.