Maxwell Wines

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  • Four Roads Old Vine Grenache Small



    Red | Four Roads Old Vine Grenache Tasting Note

    2015 Four Roads Old Vine Grenache

    The Name

    “Four Roads” refers to the Maxwell Winery and Vineyards being situated in the heart of McLaren Vale wine country at the intersection of four roads, namely Olivers Road, Chalk Hill Road, Brewery Hill Road (now Field St), and the old Ellen Street.

    The Vineyard

    These old Grenache vines have grown for 88 years on a classic contoured hill with a 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. The soil profile is a light loam over some clay and then deep limestone. The vines are hand pruned and hand picked for the highest quality fruit.

    Vintage Conditions

    The winter in 2014 was wetter than usual which resulted in well soaked soils. From August to early January it stayed dry with above average temperatures. Flowering started earlier than average and the grape set was even, but our vines had low bunch numbers. Veraison started normally but accelerated with a mini heatwave early January. Throughout January, 40mm of rain fell, double the average, but very helpful to freshen up the vines. Ripening continued with warm dry days and cool nights and we started harvest with the Verdelho on the 9th February, the earliest on record.


    Colour and Aroma

    Deep plum red. This wine has aromatics of raspberry and red fruits with a hint of herbs.



    Fine tannins and mouth filling flavours are balanced to make this wine approachable. Complex spices, savoury fruits and delicate vanilla oak, and fruit concentration from the old vines.


    Cellaring Potential

    This wine is made to enjoy upon release, however it is expected that it will continue to give excellent flavours at 3 to 7 years of age, assuming satisfactory cellaring conditions.



    • 2015 Four Roads Old Vine Grenache (Australian Wine Showcase Magazine)

      94 points - Australian Wine Showcase Magazine

    • 2014 Four Roads Old Vine Grenache - 93 points (James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion)

      “More substance and darker fruit characters than you might normally expect of the variety. Shots of aniseed and blackberry. Brighter raspberried notes break like sunshine out through the edges, casting a glow. This is Grenache in a nice place.” - 93 points.

    • 2013 Four Roads Old Vine Grenache (Winsor Dobbin - Wine Of The Week)

      "It had been some time since I tasted the wines from Maxwell Wines in McLaren Vale, and the quality across the board came as something of a revelation. The wines are not short of flavour or structure but come with a deft touch, lacking the brute force of the some of their local siblings. I particularly enjoyed this premium grenache, which offers excellent value for money. There is bright jubey fruit intensity (think dark cherry and ripe raspberry) from 80+ year old vines, but also some earthiness and well-integrated French oak. There is plenty of length and depth here, but also immediate drinking appeal. Excellent buying for medium-term consumption". October 18, 2014.