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2015 Maxwell Four Roads Grenache

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This sassy little Grenache from Maxwell Wines is surprisingly elegant and medium-bodied for McLaren Vale, which makes it all the more slurpable, and a steal at the price! Lots of black cherry and raspberry scents run around the glass, along with hints of peppery spice. The palate is quite smooth and supple, with more red berry flavours, a lick of chocolaty oak, gentle tannins and a dry, musky finish. It should kick on for another 3-5 years, but would be great now with a slow-cooked pork shoulder.

Winemaker's Notes

The Name: “Four Roads” refers to the Maxwell Winery and Vineyards being situated in the heart of McLaren Vale wine country at the intersection of four roads, namely Olivers Road, Chalk Hill Road, Brewery Hill Road (now Field St), and the old Ellen Street.

The Vineyard: These old Grenache vines have grown for 89 years on a classic contoured hill with a south facing aspect. They were bush vines with their thick trunks and sprawling arms until a few years ago when they were lifted up and put on a trellis wire to keep them ripening evenly as they grow older. The soil profile is a light loam over some clay and then deep limestone. The vines are hand pruned and hand picked for the highest quality fruit.

Vintage Conditions: The winter in 2014 was wetter than usual which resulted in well soaked soils. From August to early January it stayed dry with above average temperatures. Flowering started earlier than average and the grape set was even, but our vines had low bunch numbers. Veraison started normally but accelerated with a mini heatwave early January. Throughout January, 40mm of rain fell, double the average, but very helpful to freshen up the vines. Ripening continued with warm dry days and cool nights and we started harvest with the Verdelho on the 9th February, the earliest on record.

Colour & Aroma: Deep plum red. This wine has aromatics of raspberry and red fruits with a hint of herbs.

Palate: Fine tannins and mouth filling flavours are balanced to make this wine approachable. Complex spices, savoury fruits and delicate vanilla oak, and fruit concentration from the old vines.

Cellaring Potential: This wine is made to enjoy upon release, however it is expected that it will continue to give excellent flavours at 3 to 7 years of age, assuming satisfactory cellaring conditions.

Alc/vol: 14.6%

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2015 Maxwell Four Roads Grenache

Expert Reviews

Mike Bennie (2015 Vintage) says
Cherry fruitiness, red berries, cherry jam, sweet spice, warm spice too, some dusty notes, cinnamon, inviting perfume whichever you come at it. Crunchy textured red of medium weight, gentle spice, glossy acidity, neat, fine finish. Great drinking to be had here. Spot on fancy quaffer.
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Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
More substance and darker fruit characters than you might normally expect of the variety. Shots of aniseed and blackberry. Brighter raspberried notes break like sunshine out through the edges, casting a glow. This is grenache in a nice place.
Drink by 2021
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Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
The 2013 didn’t ring my bells but this 2014 does. Red-coloured but the heart is dark with liquorice and black cherried/berried flavour. Bright, sweet raspberry of course pipes up too. Firm-ish tannin. Feels complete. Tastes very good.
2015 - 2021
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