2015 Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz
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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: Rich purple and red in colour. The bouquet is abundant with plum, blackberry and red cherries, coupled with hints of mocha and vanilla.
Palate: The Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz delivers all the hallmarks that make the combination of this variety and the McLaren Vale region so famous. The palate has an abundance of generous flavours, a rich mouthfeel with blood plum, vanilla and complex savoury spices. 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.
expert reviews about
2015 Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz
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
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
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.
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 2018Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
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 2020Australian Wine Companion 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
A powerful full-bodied palate; abundant black fruits, and even more abundant tannins needing to soften their grip.Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
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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