" the Boulevard to the old times "

History

"Life's Too Short To Drink Bad Wine"

The Maxwell family is the largest producer of wine in the southern Hemisphere.

The family is also famous for its range of Maxwell wines, being the most significant producer in the southern hemisphere of this time-honoured, delicious and golden fermented honey. As wine is one of the oldest fermented drinks known to mankind, the late Ken Maxwell was inspired to research and produce what are now highly acclaimed as the benchmark of wines in the world. The Maxwell wines’ purity of flavour is testament to almost 50 years of family research and development.

The Vineyard

Vintage Conditions

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.

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.

The Cellars

Our Collections , enjoy Orico style.

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.

TECHNICAL NOTES

Varietal composition: Grenache (100%)

Region (GI): McLaren Vale
Winemaker: Andrew Jericho & Mark Maxwell


Oak maturation: 14 months in seasoned French oak

Alc: 14.6%   TA: 6.0 g/L   pH: 3.43