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2015 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

The Name: In 1871 Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell created an experiment, that involved a hypothetical creature acting as a gatekeeper between two compartments to sort gas molecules according to their speed. At first glance, such a system could potentially create energy from nothing… theoretically impossible given the laws of physics. This hypothetical gatekeeper became known to physicists as Maxwell’s Little Demon, and has stirred debate in the science community for more than a century.

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. Fresh aromas of aniseed, raspberry, chocolate and dried herbs.

Palate: The palate is shows fresh fruit; plum, blackberry, and cherries. Well balanced tannin with subtle vanilla oak 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.

Varietal Composition: Cabernet 81%, Merlot 19%

Alc/vol: 14.5%

expert reviews about

2015 Maxwell Little Demon Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Lovely long rich wine with good cabernet fruit, some stylish oak and pleasant choc-mint characters.
Winestate Magazine, Mar/Apr
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
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
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
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
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
An entry-level McLaren Vale red blend from Mark Maxwell and the team that will appeal to those who love powerful coconutty American oak, dense, weighty fruit flavours and heaps of tannin. Demands a robust beef stew.
Quaff 2009 2008
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
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
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
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

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