Red | Ellen Street Shiraz Tasting Note
2014 Ellen Street Shiraz
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.
Summer conditions were warmer than average with two heat waves through January and one in February, which tested the limits of grapevine tolerance to heat. Early in the season were high speed winds which reduced berry set, and the size of canopies. Rain in February rehydrated vines and freshened up vine leaves and started a pattern of cooler daytime temperatures which allowed fruit to finish ripening with moderate temperatures. The moisture boost also helped improve fruit balance on generally low crop levels.
Colour and Aroma
Deep purple / red in colour. Aromas of aniseed, blood plum and vanilla seed.
Maturation in oak has given a soft and refined palate with rounded tannins and classic Shiraz flavours. Chocolate, blueberry, clove, cinnamon all feature with the wine having an elegant but strong finish.
Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at 6 to 8 years of age.
- 2013 Ellen Street Shiraz - 95 points (James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion)
- 2013 Ellen Street Shiraz - 95 points (Australian Wine Showcase Magazine)
Varietal composition Shiraz 100% Region (GI) McLaren Vale Wine Maker Mark Maxwell & Andrew Jericho Oak Maturation 20 months in American and French oak hogsheads (30% new) Alcohol 14.5% Alc./Vol. pH 3.42 Total acidity 6.70 g/L