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Red | Ellen Street Shiraz Tasting Note
2013 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.
The 2013 vintage produced wines of great depth. Weather conditions were kind with an average winter rainfall and a mild start to summer. There was a brief 2 day heatwave in early march but the overall result was excellent, even though the crop yields were down by 20% on a normal year.
Colour and Aroma
Rich red in colour. This wine shows aromas of plum, blackberry and spice with subtle oak notes of vanilla and cigar box.
Shiraz flavours of chocolate, aniseed and ripe blood plum fill the palate, yet more subtle and complex notes fill the flavour spectrum with coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, raspberry and a hint of mint. This is a generous mouth filling wine yet refined and elegant with soft velvety tannin to complete this wine.
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 24 months in American and French oak hogsheads Alcohol 14.7% Alc./Vol. pH 3.47 Total acidity 6.80 g/L