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2014 Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz

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When we think McLaren Vale, we think of gorgeously rich reds that are full of flavour while retaining elegance. Maxwell wines are famed for their robust reds that are structured and finessed. Their motto is “Life’s too short to drink bad wine” and we completely agree. That’s why we are standing behind the quality of this Shiraz. It’s lifted with mulberry, dark berries, mocha and pepper. Add to the equation, soft, velvety tannins and a generous, fruit mouthfeel and the result is fantastic drinking wine that will seduce you into going back for more.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour and Aroma: Rich purple and red in colour. The bouquet is abundant with plum, mulberry and red cherries, coupled with hints of mocha and vanilla.

Palate: The palate has an abundance of generous flavours, a focus on juicy red fruits, plum, berries and complex savoury spices and a hint of vanilla. The mouth filling flavours are well balanced, full bodied with a soft finish. 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 for another 5 - 7 years, assuming satisfactory cellaring conditions.

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2014 Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz

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James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Matured for 16 months in new and used French and American oak. Full-bodied and robust, picking the eyes out of a typical McLaren Vale shiraz; licorice, dark chocolate, savoury/tarry nuances and firm, but ripe tannins are the architecture for the blackberry and plum fruit, positive oak the icing on the cake. Terrific value.
Drink by 2034
Mike Bennie (2014 Vintage) says
Coffee, chocolate, ripe plums, dried beef, something jammy in background, savouriness meets fruitiness, real fruit feel. Medium bodied, crunchy textures, , fine tannins, crisp acidity. Fresh fruitiness, good length, very high drinkability. It’s not a complex wine, but it’s joyous and pure – right on.
Huon Hooke (2015 Vintage) says
Deep red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is clean and fresh and fragrant, with floral and red berry nuances, the palate medium-bodied and elegantly framed with balanced soft tannins and refreshing acidity. There's a touch of elegance in this wine and it's great value for money.
2017 - 2030
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Deep, bright garnet; a dark and brooding bouquet of black fruits, mocha, licorice and sea salt; the palate is medium-bodied and muscular, with gravelly tannins and fresh acidity in balance.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Has ripe black fruits, elements of char and tar, and a fresh and vibrant personality, with lots of energy; unencumbered by heavy-handed winemaking, this is sure to please.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; a wine with instantaneous appeal, its bouquet and palate very harmonious and complete; the supple, mouthfilling fruit has ripples of plum, licorice, cherry and mocha, the tannins silky soft on the long finish. Ready now, but will hold.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A slightly tawny colour, this is developing savoury character and has a meaty, rustic edge to the red and dark berry fruits. The palate s got plenty of simple flesh _ just arrests through the finish. Drink up.
Good Wine Guide 2013
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Dense purple-red; the hallmark regional dark chocolate is present on both bouquet and palate, along with ripe blackberry fruit and mocha oak; the tannins are supple and prolong the finish; no issue at all with the alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
The Maxwell winery is well established in McLaren Vale and, given the title of the famous song, I reckon using the name 'Silver Hammer' for a wine has long been a scratch they had to itch. Fair play to them. Juicy, flavoursome, easy to enjoy. Bang (get it?) on the money. Medium-bodied; this isn't a full-throttle monster. Flavours of blackberry and chocolate and earth, but the flavours are so well integrated that it mostly tastes, simply, like a good smooth red.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
The Maxwell crew has been around long enough to know what works in the Vale and how to bring it to fruition. This is a dense, juicy licorice, plum and spice McLAREN Vale shiraz with plenty of richness in both flavour and texture terms. It makes a solid case for drink-now appeal and will reward medium-term keeping.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Faintly hazy colour; has a complex array of aromas and flavours, with black fruits, spice, dark chocolate and mocha all present, but doesn't entirely escape the clutches of'07.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A powerful full-bodied palate; abundant black fruits, and even more abundant tannins needing to soften their grip.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Soft, relatively developed, mocha, chocolate and vanilla alongside light- to medium-bodied dark fruits; soft tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008

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