|Wine||Maxwell Wines “Eocene” Ancient Earth|
|Maturation||20 Months in French Oak (20% New)|
|Wine Maker/s||Mark Maxwell & Andrew Jericho|
Wine lovers! I am back, again. These long breaks are becoming quite a bad habit, but the wine that I have under review tonight is worth the wait. I don’t think I have covered a Maxwell’s wine, but the Eocene Shiraz is one great place to start. The Ellen Street Shiraz is their benchmark wine, and continues to deliver year after year, but the Eocene really showcases deep rich flavours not overly characteristic of the region. But thanks to the limestone soil upon which these vines are planted, the wine has great intensity as limestone is great at impacting the overall body and taste of a wine. This wine is definitely no exception to this soil type. Now that I have hyped this wine up, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of this illustrious beverage.
Colour: Deep purple with a red tinge. Magenta hue.
Aroma: Raspberry and mulberry; a typical array of red fruit with a nuance of prunes. Not overly typical of Shiraz from this region. It is quite rich though, as it is backed up by vanilla, coca, toast, caramel. A slight nuance of fennel and liquorice work away deep in the background. Oak really drives the body of this wine, and it has quite a rich smell. Great from a shiraz, but will this heavy oak influence on the nose transfer to the palate?
Palate: Medium/Full bodied, Plum and chocolate work away hand in hand, a balance of both fruit and oak working together in harmony. Vanilla starts to find its way onto the palate working away with a savoury underlay of both liquorice and clay. Limestone soil has impacted this wine and added another layer of complexity taking a predominately fruit and oak driven wine and turned it on its head with an addition of a dry baked earth which completes the wine’s journey. It is lush and plump; tannin is soft, and the oak holds this wine together. The length is fantastically lengthy, and the wine ends off with a finish of plum and raspberry.
Personal Thoughts: One of the best wines I have encountered from Maxwell wines. This wine is quite special. It’s rich and lush, and unlike its partner in crime – The Ellen Street. The Eocene showcases its terrior more-so than the Ellen Street; which in-turn showcases a low-yielding harvest and intensity. The Eocene has the distinct character of history in the glass. Something not many wines can showcase. At its price, it is not uncommon to find wines of this character listed for twice the price and even more. A bargain in hindsight.
Drink: Now – 2028
The SA Wine Guy