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Maxwell Ellen Street Shiraz

This is a superb single vineyard Shiraz from vines over 55 years old.

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What was originally known for over 100 years as Ellen Street runs along the southern boundary of the Maxwell vineyards. Situated between this road and the winery is a small vineyard of craggy, gnarled Shiraz vines planted in 1953. Every year these vines bear some of the best fruit on the estate, however in very small quantities, with an average crop of less than 2 tonnes per acre.


The McLaren Vale region experienced above levels of rainfall over the growing season of 2009; producing very healthy canopies across all varieties. Mild weather from January through to harvest maintained balanced canopies and crop levels, and combined with cool nights led to slow ripening. Red varieties were of a particularly high standard with dark and thick skins producing an abundance of colour and tannin coupled with desired levels of sugar, flavour and acid at harvesting.


Deep dark-red and purple colours indicate the concentration of this premium Shiraz. Varietal aromas of blueberry, plum and dark chocolate intertwine with aniseed, vanilla bean and sweet spice.


The palate shows good fruit intensity and opulence. A generous and complex wine supported by careful integration of American oak. Fine long tannins provide excellent structure, elegance and poise, creating a refined well-balanced palate and prolonged finish.


Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at 6 to 8 years of age. Previous vintages of this wine have performed exceptionally well in the winery’s cellars over 10 years.

TECHNICAL NOTES Varietal composition: Shiraz 100% Region (GI): McLaren Vale Winemaker: Alexia Roberts Oak maturation: 24 months in American oak hogsheads (25% new) Alcohol: 14.8% alc./vol. TA: 6.86g/L pH: 3.41

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Location McLaren Vale, , Australia
Winery Maxwell
Winery status Small family owned
Winemaker Alexia Roberts
Annual production Tiny
Grapes Shiraz
Gold Medals
Style Big and powerful
ABV 14.8
Bottle Size 75cl
Vintage 2010
Free sulphur
Percentage score 92
Sulphite level Medium Low
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