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Concentrated. Robust. Characterful. The qualities of the winemaker reflect in the quality of the wine. Because every wine that’s made by Maxwell is, indeed, Maxwell-made. The unique result of one man’s vision, tenacity and unbending standards. Since 1979, Mark Maxwell has come to understand the unique terroir of our limestone hill. And extract every characteristic nuance for every estate wine, regardless of price. Little wonder James Halliday noted our consistent excellence – in red wines particularly – and accorded us his five red-star rating.



"A snapshot of a 
season that will
never be repeated"

 Wine View Vale




At Maxwell we view a bottle of wine as more than a drink. It is the culmination of a diversified range of talents. From the Head Winemaker to cellar hand. From cooper to farmer, viticulturist to glassmaker, designer and more in-between. Most of all it is a snapshot of a season that will never be repeated and in this way every bottle of wine is truly unique. 


2015 The Orchard Cabernet Sauvignon

Not so many years ago, McLaren Vale to Willunga was well known for almond production, with 5000 acres of orchards across the plains to the sea. There were several varieties grown, such as Johnston, Chellaston and Californian Paper Shells. With the rising reputation of McLaren Vale as a wine region, the vines won out and the almond orchards were replaced.

For our part, this almond orchard was the perfect site and soil for a special vineyard of Cabernet. All that remains of the orchard is an avenue of snowy white blossoming almond trees, a reminder of an industry gone by.

Tasting Notes

Colour Rich purple and red in colour.

Nose The bouquet displays classic cassis with a hint of violets and dried herbs.

Palate The palate dispays generous and rich cassis fruit over mid-weight elegance. The mouth filling flavours are well balanced with appealing herbal tones and savoury firm tannins. The result is a generous and approachable wine with excellent depth of flavour.

Vintage Notes

The  winter of 2015 was cold and relatively dry, with July and August being quite low rainfalls. In November we had  warm and still weather which made ideal conditions for the grapes to set. We then moved into a hot and very dry period leading into February and the vines started to show a bit of stress. Then we had a very beneficial rain event pouring 32mL into the soil, which freshened the vines without any disease issues. The crop levels were up on previous years across the region, but the flavours are concentrated and showing lots of ageing potential.

Technical Notes

Varietal Composition Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Andrew Jericho & Mark Maxwell

Alcohol 14.5

pH 6.1

TA 3.58

Maturation Seasoned French oak for 16 months

Cellaring 8 - 10 years

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South Australia 5171
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