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2013 Maxwell Lime Cave Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Maxwell family are not only famous for their rich reds but also for their range of meads which is fermented honey – one of the oldest fermented drinks in the world. The Lime Cave Cabernet Sauvignon is one of their signature wines and it’s a testament to the region with a purity of expression that makes them approachable now or perfect for cellaring. Violets and blackberry joust for attention while cedar and spice linger in the background. There’s a sweetness on the palate from ripe berry fruits while French oak influence lends spicy, cedary notes. Soft tannins round it all out on the long finish.

Winemaker's Notes

The name: The wine takes its name from a 60 metre long man-made cave, hand-dug in 1916 into the solid limestone hill that is now home to the estate vineyards. The hut-like entrance to the Lime Cave is depicted in the Maxwell of McLaren Vale logo. Above this cave, on the crest of the hill, there are 19 rows of “Reynella Selection” Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Planted in 1972, these vines originate from those brought into South Australia by John Reynell over 150 years ago.

Vintage conditions: The 2013 vintage produced wines of great depth. Weather conditions were kind with an average winter rainfall and a mild start to summer. There was a brief 2 day heatwave in early march but the overall result was excellent, even though the crop yields were down by 20% on a normal year.

Colour and Aroma: Deep garnet in colour. Aromas leap out of the glass with aromatic red currant, cranberry, cassis and a complex mix of herbs.

Palate: The palate is classic Cabernet. Concentrated flavours of cranberry, cherry and cassis taste like the day the grapes were picked, integrated with delicate cedar and vanilla oak. These flavours are elegantly balanced with firm tannins and a persistent mouth filling finish.

Cellaring potential: Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at around 6 to 8 years of age.

Alc/vol: 14.7%

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2013 Maxwell Lime Cave Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Estate-grown, matured for 24 months in French hogsheads. Great colour heralds a cabernet with all the power and drive you could wish for, with layered cassis fruit, dried herb, impressive tannins and good oak balance and integration. The maritime climate of McLaren Vale is well suited to cabernet.
Drink by 2033
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
2018
Australian Wine Companion 2012
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Slightly uncertain colour, then a basically savoury mix of black fruits, cedar, earth and some dark chocolate, all attesting to the vintage; pleasant tannins a partial redemption.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Expresses both variety and Region on bouquet and palate, cassis and blackcurrant fruit framed by dark chocolate, the tannins fine and soft.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Concentrated, rich and deep; very good cabernet blackcurrant fruit, quality French oak and precisely judged tannins make an exemplary wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; tightly knit blackcurrant fruit with fine tannins and quality oak; a long, cleansing finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
A medium-bodied mix of soft blackcurrant/mulberry fruit, chocolate and mocha; ripe tannins; fully priced.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Very good colour; blackcurrant, blackberry, chocolate and sweet earth; good length, lingering savoury tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
92
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Layer upon layer of blackcurrant and bitter chocolate fruit; perfectly balanced oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
94
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; clean, nicely ripened cassis fruit on the bouquet is followed by a firm palate, with cassis berry flavours but a somewhat angular structure that needs to soften and loosen up.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
85
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is dense, with masses of ripe blackberry/blackcurrant fruit, the palate showing similarly abundant sweet blackberry, blackcurrant and chocolate fruit supported by persistent tannins and nicely judged oak.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
93

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