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View details Maxwell Spiced Mead
$ 16.99 Maxwell Spiced Mead
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Honey / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Maxwell have been crafting the finest McLaren wines since 1880, but they are also known for world class Mead. Maxwell Mead has been acclaimed by leading wine critics and the industry press for several decades. Spiced Mead is without equal when enjoyed warm during the cold weather months. It's also the special beverage that's called upon to set the atmosphere throughout the Xmas and New Year festive season. Serve Maxwell just warmed until it barely steams, the delicious aromas and flavours meld together to provide a warming experience.
 
View details Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz
$ 17.99 Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz
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Shiraz / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Since 1979 Maxwell have built a reputation for producing hand made, rich and robust red wines that combine exquisite fruit quality with structure and finesse. Shiraz is a specialty and their superlative efforts have brought Maxwell much acclaim for their definitive McLaren Vale regionality and purity of expression. The shared sentiment around the Maxwell wineworks, is that life's too short to drink bad wine. A generously proportioned Shiraz with excellent depth of flavour, long, velvety tannins and splendid palate length.
 
View details Maxwell Minotaur Reserve Shiraz
$ 82.99 Maxwell Minotaur Reserve Shiraz
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Shiraz / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Named for the labyrinthine conifer maze along old Ellen Street adjacent to the Maxwell wineworks, Minotaur is a McLaren Vale icon, treated to a minimalist old world vinification and two years repose in a selection of the finest French oak puncheons. Exquisitely perfumed with dark tarry fruit bouquets, cherries, cigar box and caravan spice, its voluminous palate continues to unravel layers of complexity as the wine breathes and evolves. Fewer than 200 dozen are ever vintaged, an immense Shiraz of power, purity and persistence.
 
View details Maxwell Little Demon Shiraz Grenache
$ 16.99 Maxwell Little Demon Shiraz Grenache
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Shiraz Grenache Viognier / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
In 1871 Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell proposed a thought experiment which involved a hypothetical creature known to physicists as Maxwell's little demon, it has stirred debate in the science community ever since. Maxwell of Mclaren Vale have built a solid reputation for hand made, rich and robust red wines that combine exquisite fruit with solid structure and finesse. Little Demon offers the delightful perfumed lift of Viognier before a rich and effusive fruit filled Shiraz Grenache palate, absolutely exquisite, even in its youth.
 
View details Maxwell Liqueur Mead 375ml
$ 16.99 Maxwell Liqueur Mead 375ml
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Honey / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
The Maxwell family's Meads have been acclaimed by leading wine critics and industry press for many decades. Starting with a base of Spiced Mead, a secret herb and spice infusion is introduced and the ferments are fortified. Maxwell spends twelve to fifteen months in old Bourbon barrels under the Maxwell estate cellars, always the last word in honeyed luxury. Opulent hues of 24 carat gold, a complex array of nine secret herbs and spices, decadently sweet with complex spice and the indulgence of aged brandy notes on the moreish finish.
 
View details Maxwell Lime Cave Cabernet Sauvignon
$ 36.99 Maxwell Lime Cave Cabernet Sauvignon
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CabernetSauv / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
From nineteen invaluable rows of Reynella clone Cabernet Sauvignon, the descendants of John Reynell's original import of vine into McLaren Vale circa 1838. Planted to the crest of a cave, excavated 1916 to cultivate mushrooms in the dense limestone bluffs overlooking Maxwell vineyards. Aged twenty months in a high proportion of new French oak hogsheads, the classic Cabernet characters of currant, cherries and cassis, a generously proportioned palate underpinned by soft, chocolatey McLaren Vale tannins and seamlessly integrated cedar vanilla oak.
 
View details Maxwell Honey Mead
$ 16.99 Maxwell Honey Mead
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Honey / McLaren / SouthAustralia
Mead is a unique and rare beverage made by fermenting honey, it's the oldest fermented drink known to mankind, known as ambrosia nectar of the gods by ancient Greeks. The vikings believed it to be an aphrodisiac, the groom and wedding guests indulging it for one month, hence a honeymoon! Maxwell Honey Mead is a favourite drink amongst the growers and winemakers of McLaren Vale where it's regularly mixed with dry ginger ale, it's also a vital ingredient for creative cooking. Try Maxwell on ice or as a refreshing spritzer mixed with light beer.
 
View details Maxwell Four Roads Old Vine Grenache
$ 21.99 Maxwell Four Roads Old Vine Grenache
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Grenache / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Experience is a wonderful thing. After many generations of trial and error, the French have learned to make a delicious drink from a harvest of pure Grenache. Maxwell employ the same approach to create a juicy, rich red wine with a gossamer palate. Maxwell's old Grenache vines have grown for nine decades on a classic contoured hill with 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.
 
View details Maxwell Eocene Ancient Earth Shiraz
$ 49.99 Maxwell Eocene Ancient Earth Shiraz
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Shiraz / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Single block Shiraz from a parcel of Shiraz clone 1654, planted near the intersection of Olivers and Chalk Hill Roads at the very north of Maxwell vineyards. Deeply influenced by the unique alluvial grey brown loam soils over Tortachilla limestone, Eocene is treated to the luxury of two years age in a selection of the finest French oak hogsheads. Vibrant and animate, highly articulate of its single site provenance, generous with intense weight of fruit, the syrup blackberry, raspberry and plum flavours cascade over the length of opaque, bittersweet chocolate tannins.
 
View details Maxwell Ellen Street Shiraz
$ 32.99 Maxwell Ellen Street Shiraz
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Shiraz / McLaren Vale / SouthAustralia
Just between the southern estate boundary of Ellen Street and the Maxwell wineworks, a small vineyard of craggy, gnarled Shiraz vines planted 1953 yields a tiny harvest of the most concentrated Shiraz. Matured twenty months in a high proportion of new French and American oak hogsheads, Ellen Street's redolent nose of ripe blood plum, aniseed and vanilla presages a refined palate brimming with the trade spice complexities of old vine McLaren Vale, cinnamon and chocolates, blueberries and clove, all resolving on an expansive, elegant finish.
 
Since 1979, family owned Maxwell Wines, with its forty acre estate vineyard, has built a reputation for handcrafting superior and world class wines that combine exquisite fruit quality with structure and finesse

The Maxwell family is also famous for its range of Maxwell Meads, being the most significant producer in the southern hemisphere of this time-honoured, delicious and golden fermented honey. As mead is one of the oldest fermented drinks known to mankind, the late Ken Maxwell was inspired to research and produce what are now highly acclaimed as the benchmark of meads in the world. The Maxwell Meads’ purity of flavour is testament to 50 years of family research and development.

 Maxwell

There has always been a love of wine and the vine in the Maxwell lineage. William James Maxwell a noted Scottish sculptor, came to Australia in 1875 to do some artistic work on a building in Melbourne. However, the cold damp climate of this city played on his health, so he moved three years later to the much more temperate climate of Adelaide, South Australia.

A few miles south of the city at Edwardstown, he built a mock castle called Woodlands Park, and with the vines on the property made some very acceptable reds that he accumulated in the cellars of his unique home. His son John, with the thought of farming in his mind, acquired a property in the rich valley of McLaren Vale, 40 kilometres south of Adelaide. Here he and his sons ran a mixed farm of fruit, dairy, and of course vines.

After the war ended in 1945 John’s youngest son Ken took over the management of the family property

His interest in winemaking also led to a period of employment with Hardys at the historic Tintara Winery in the heart of McLaren Vale. In 1970, Ken Maxwell started a small self-contained winery on the eastern edge of his property and named it Daringa Cellars. Here he and wife Margaret made and sold very high quality red and white wine. In addition, they began to sell an ancient drink Mead made from fermented honey. In 1979, Ken sold Daringa to the Dennis family and with Margaret and son Mark started a new venture, an 80 tonne winery called appropriately, Maxwell Wines.

 Maxwell

As the popularity of Maxwell Wines and Meads grew through the 1990s, Mark Maxwell realised that more space was needed. He then undertook the mammoth task of relocating the family winery to a site amongst vineyards he had owned since the early 1980s. Situated in the original heart of McLaren Vale just north of the main street on gently rolling hills, this was the perfect place for a new winery to be built into the south-facing limestone hill overlooking the township. Spanning three main levels, the winery was designed to take advantage of gravity flow throughout the winemaking process, contributing to the outstanding quality of the wines. Constructed from limestone and old solid timber, the design also allows visitors the opportunity to view a working winery while sampling the wines and taking in the magnificent views from the cellar door.

Importantly, a special barrel cellar was also designed into the new winery. Hidden away at one end of the winery, the cellar was cut into solid limestone. With a natural earthen floor and impressive limestone walls, the cellar creates an ideal environment of constant temperature and humidity providing a perfect place to mature some of Maxwell’s best wines in barrel.

With this stunning new facility the annual crush of grapes was steadily increased to around 400 tonnes

Mark also expanded the range of wines to include a Verdelho and, as it came into bearing, some Viognier. Outside of the busy vintage time, the Maxwell Mead continued to be made, with the family now recognised as the most significant (and largest) producer of this rare beverage in the southern hemisphere. Hence the winery actually has the dual function of being a meadery as well!

The Maxwell Estate vineyards are some of the most favourably positioned in the McLaren Vale district. They are positioned on the southern slope and crest of Lumb’s Hill, amongst gently rolling hills just one mile north of the McLaren Vale township’s Main Street. Situated on solid limestone and in such proximity to the moderating effects of the Gulf of St Vincent, the conditions in the vineyards are ideal and somewhat blessed for producing small quantities of intensely flavoured grapes.

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One notable vineyard on the estate sits above and behind the winery atop the crest of Lumb’s Hill identified as a planting of the Reynella Selection Cabernet, it originates from vines brought into South Australia by noted wine industry pioneer John Reynell over 150 years ago. Back in the mid-1800s, John Reynell was planting some of the earliest vineyards in South Australia north of McLaren Vale. Having collected vine cuttings in South Africa on his way from England, he found that particular vines on his property kept producing noticeably more flavoursome berries.

John Reynell undertook a process of selection to create a vineyard of cuttings from only those vines that bore superior fruit.

Naturally these Cabernet vines became known as the Reynella Selection, and have quite simply been shown to be perfectly suited to the McLaren Vale climate for well over a century. The maxwell cuttings were taken directly from this Reynella vineyard and planted over 3 decades ago in the shallow topsoil over solid limestone at the crest of the Maxwell estate. It is this fruit that makes the Maxwell Lime Cave Cabernet acclaimed worldwide.

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