Maxwell Wines

A premium boutique producer of wines and meads

  • Minotaur Reserve Shiraz NV Low Res



    Red | Minotaur Reserve Shiraz Tasting Note

    2013 Minotaur Reserve Shiraz

    The Name

    A feature of the Maxwell estate is the conifer maze adjacent to the old Ellen Street in front of the Winery. Many visitors to the estate take time to stroll down its paths. A labyrinth is a special circular maze that in ancient Greek mythology secured the fearsome might of the half man / half bull Minotaur for King Minos of Crete. We have created the Minotaur label to convey the power and intensity contained within this, our Reserve Shiraz.

    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 in colour. An intense perfume of red and black berries, cherry notes balanced by savoury oak and hints of earthiness.



    At release the wine displays varietal primary fruit flavours of rich dark berry fruits, robust gamey and complex forest floor notes. Cedar oak tones and ultra-fine tannins underwrite these flavours, to provide structure and length. The Shiraz parcel chosen for this wine represents the pinnacle of the 2013 vintage.


    Cellaring Potential

    Though the balance and integration of flavours upon its release are excellent, the Minotaur Reserve Shiraz is made for medium to long term cellaring. Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at 12 to 15 years of age, and beyond.


    • 2013 Minotaur Reserve Shiraz

      94 points - Australian Wine Showcase Magazine

    • 2013 Minotaur Reserve Shiraz

      94 points - Huon Hooke (