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Maxwell Minotaur Reserve Shiraz

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What a great name for a wine! The Minotaur! Grr!

Fittingly this is a beast of a wine, thick with intense black fruit flavours and rippling tannins, topped off with rich oak to match. If you like your wine in the beastly end of the spectrum then line up for this McLaren Vale Shiraz.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Purple-black in colour.

Nose: An intense perfume of Satsuma plum, blackberry and dark cherry notes balanced by savoury oak and hints of earthiness.

Palate: At release the wine displays varietal primary fruit flavours of rich dark berry fruits and dark chocolate. Cedar oak tones and pure cocoa add to the seamless palate, while ultra-fine tannins envelope these flavours, and provide structure and length.

Cellaring: Though the balance and integration of flavours upon its release are excellent, the Minotaur Reserve Shiraz is made for medium to long term cellaring. Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at 12 to 15 years of age, and beyond.


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Maxwell Minotaur Reserve Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Delivers a fine impression of freshness and concentration; luscious on entry, the fruit is lifted by fine acidity and ample, fine-grained tannins; the long mocha oak finish complements the fruit with aplomb.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep, dense purple-red; the wine is almost a caricature of McLaren Vale shiraz: full-bodied and filling every corner and crevice of the mouth with its sultry black fruits and bitter chocolate, the impact magnified by the strong, although ripe, tannins. For lovers of monster minotaurs. Another 10 years would have been added to the drink-to date if the wine had a screwcap.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Pretty, fresh menthol characters on the nose and a concentration of licorice fruit flavours.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep red-purple; the bouquet is flooded with blackberry, satsuma plum and licorice; the palate continues the message and absolutely avoids dead fruit characters; the tannins are fine and ripe, the 100% new French oak a controlled but positive contributor. Good-quality cork.
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2012
96
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Massively proportioned with dark chocolate, blackberry and a touch of tar and leather; the palate is thick, powerful and brooding, a slight bitter twist highlights the very attractive core of fruit that runs through to the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
The quality of the fruit shines through on bouquet and palate with luscious plum and blackberry flavours; good acidity, 2 years in oak no problem for balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
WINESTATE (2005 Vintage) says
Nice coconut-like richness to the fruit cake nose. Sweet and juicy in the mouth and brimming over with varietal fruit that lingers on in the mouth and finishes on a dry note.
Winestate 20082009

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