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2014 Maxwell Little Demon Cabernet Merlot

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The Little Demon is not some evil spectre bottled for your enjoyment but actually a name that derived from Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell’s experiments with physics. The Little Demon in question charted the possibility of making energy from nothing and caused heated debate in the science community. Today it’s the Maxwell clan that harness their energy in the McLaren Vale to make great tasting wines. This Cabernet Merlot is a meat magnet showing plush fruit, glossy texture and silky tannins.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour and Aroma: Deep plum red with garnet hues. Generous aromas of cassis, raspberry with a hint of vanilla.

Palate: The palate is lively and fresh, medium bodied with plush fruit characters, cherries, plum, blackcurrant and fine silky tannins combine with subtle oak to create a soft and round finish. 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.

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2014 Maxwell Little Demon Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Full red-purple; McLaren Vale may not be the most obvious region for this 75/25% blend, but the wine has considerable flavour and presence, 16 months in French oak adding to the parcel. Outstanding value.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
The little demon needs some discipline, so give him a stern chill to tone a touch of sweetness on the finish. You'll find his juicy berry personality extremely civilised, even in the presence of red-hot spicy cuisine.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
2015
Australian Wine Companion 2012
87
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
88
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Little demon? More like a slippery little sucker. Tastes of leather and blackcurrant and mulberry, but mostly it's just a smooth red wine with velvety tannins hitting on the finish. It's juicy and has good intensity - and oodles of drinkability.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Solid, ripe, medium- to full-bodied wine speaking more loudly about its Region of origin than its varietal origin; has no shortage of flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Appealing cassis and plum fruits on the bouquet; good weight and flesh; medium-bodied, with bright acid and fine tannins on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
This Maxwell wine is new to the range. 200S RELEASE This is nifty red wine drinking. It's a simple hit of blackberried flavour, bitter notes of black olives and tar helping only to set the style - they don't detract from the wine's quality at all. Punchy dark fruit and slightly brandied alcohol. At the price (if you like the bigger end of red wine) this is a good option. DRINK 2008-2011.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied, with a very strong regional overlay of dark chocolate fruit to the spicy red and blackcurrant core; fine tannins; typical for the top '04 vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90

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