Mead | Spiced Mead Tasting Note
Australia's Favourite Honey Wines
Maxwell Mead is Australia's famous and favourite honey wine. It is made in simple terms by fermenting pure South Australian honey, creating a beverage brimming with uniquely rich flavours and aromas. Introduced to Australia by Ken Maxwell (1915 - 2004), the Maxwell family is the largest and most successful producer of mead in the southern hemisphere.
There are three distinct styles of honey wine in the Maxwell Mead range: Honey, Spiced, and Liqueur Mead.
This is a favourite of many a visitor to the Maxwell Winery. Ideally served hot (not boiling), it has a bouquet of honey and citrus, but with the added zest of cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg. These spicy characters are carried through to the palate where they fill the mouth with a complex and satisfying array of flavours.
Mead is made by fermenting honey, unlike normal wines which are made from fermented grape juice. Archaeological evidence suggests honey was among the first substances to be fermented by humans.
Maxwell Spiced Mead displays a bouquet of honey and citrus, plus an added zest from the spices cinnamon and cloves. These spicy characters are carried through on the palate, filling the mouth with a complex and satisfying array of flavours. Traditionally served hot (not boiling) to enhance its aromas and warm the soul, it can also find uses in the kitchen as an ingredient in cakes and fruit pies. Try serving it chilled with dry ginger ale, ice and mint.
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