Maxwell Wines

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    2013 Eocene Ancient Earth Shiraz

    The Name

    The Maxwell 2013 Eocene Shiraz is a terroir focussed, single block Shiraz from the Maxwell Wines estate on the corner of Olivers and Chalk Hill Roads in McLaren Vale. The block from which this wine originates was planted in 1953, and remains today on its own rootstock. Sitting in a slight depression below the winery, and bordered on its southern edge by a winter creek, the geology comprises alluvial grey-brown loam over limestone – specifically Blanche Point Formation with Tortachilla Limestone. The geology of this area was created 56 – 34 million years ago during the Eocene Epoch, hence the name given to this wine.

    The Vineyard

    This south facing block of Shiraz was planted in 1972 and the vines have now reached their full maturity for exquisite fruit balance. Geologically, the ground is a thin layer of fertile brown loam over the deep limestone, formed during the Eocene era some 35 million years ago, hence the name.

    The average crop levels from this vineyard is approximately 2 tonnes per acre which is quite low.

    Vintage Conditions

    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

    Deep purple / red. Complex aromas of raspberry, mulberry and earthy notes.



    Lively flavours, distinctly from this single vineyard wine, plum, chocolate, vanilla and savoury notes. A rich wine with vibrant fruit integrated with the fleshy tannins and delicate oak, allowing the characters of the vineyard to be the showcase.


    Cellaring Potential

    Though the balance and integration of flavours upon its release are excellent, the Eocene Shiraz is made for medium to long term cellaring. Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at 10 to 15 years of age.



    • 2013 Eocene Ancient Earth Shiraz - 95 points (James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion)

      From a single estate block planted '74 on 34-56 million-year-old origin of grey-brown loam over limestone; matured for 20 months in French hogsheads (20% new). Dense, inky colour; unalloyed full-bodied shiraz, laden with black fruits, licorice and ripe, savoury tannins. Despite its size and weight, it has agility, and leaves the mouth content.” - 95 points.

    • 2013 Eocene Ancient Earth Shiraz - 95 points (Australian Wine Showcase Magazine)
    • 2013 Eocene Ancient Earth Shiraz - 93 points (Nick Stock)

      An opulent, fragrant and aromatically complex wine that has a swirling poached strawberry, raspberry and cherry nose with a gentle thread of underlying herbs; really attractive. The palate has a bold yet supple texture, reaches deep and wide with fluid tannins and a core of blueberry and blue plum flavour.- 93 points.