Maxwell, Eocene Ancient Earth, Shiraz 2011£32.95
The Maxwell winery is located on a solid limestone hill in the heart of McLaren Vale. The limestone was created during the Eocene Epoch, 56-34 million years ago creating the foundation for the low yield/high quality fruit born on our vines.
This is a very limited release Shiraz which begins with a heady mix of aromas including maraschino cherries, aniseed and a rich compote of ripe dark berries. The complex, detailed and multi-faceted palate continues with dark cherries and forest fruits, while introducing layers of dark chocolate and light, savoury earth.
Interwoven by long fine tannins and a backbone of well-integrated cedary oak;
the wine finishes with an abundance of fruit length and intensity – this could easily age up to 15 years.
Maxwell, Lime Cave, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011
COLOUR AND NOSE
The colour is deep red brick. Aromas of concentrated Cabernet; blackcurrant,
olive, plum with a hint of vanilla.
Concentrated intensity of fruit, raspberry, beetroot, blackcurrant, mulberry and
complexing herbs and delicate oak, cinnamon, aniseed, tobacco and cedar. The structure is varietal with fine and persistent tannins, silky smooth mouth feel
and fruit intensity giving the length to this great wine.
Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at around 6 to 8 years of age. Previous vintages of this wine have performed exceptionally well in the winery’s cellars beyond 10 years.
24 months in French oak hogsheads (30% new).
Maxwell, Little Demon, Verdelho, 2017£12.95
In 1871 Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell (Mark Maxwell's Great Grandfather) proposed a thought experiment, that involved a hypothetical creature acting as a gatekeeper between two compartments to sort gas molecules according to their speed. At first glance, such a system could potentially create energy from nothing… theoretically impossible given the laws of physics. This hypothetical gatekeeper became known to physicists as Maxwell’s Little Demon, and has stirred debate in the science community for more than a century.
The array of citrus notes flow on to the palate, with added tropical melon characters filling the mouth with flavour. Made as an unwooded dry style, the result is both refreshing and persistent, with almost crunchy natural acidity.
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O’Leary Walker “Claire” Reserve Shiraz, 2010£56.95
We discovered this powerful Clare Valley shiraz from a customer recommendation asking if we could import some for him. We obliged even though this was a rather punchy in price Shiraz. However, we are now thanking our customer for introducing us to this concentrated, complex bottle of blackberry spice and keep buying more and more. Totally deserving of the price and will last for years to come. Will cellar well until 2040.
O’Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2013£16.75
The estate grown Chardonnay comes from the O’Leary family property at Oakbank, in the heart of the Adelaide Hills. The bouquet features delicate white peach, nectarine and grapefruit characters which flow seamlessly onto the palate.
Various techniques including barrel fermentation, lees stirring and partial malo-lactic fermentation adds texture and complexity to this alluring cool climate wine.
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O’Leary Walker, Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir, 2013£16.50
An approachable Pinot Noir from a fine Estate. On the palate you'll find bucket loads of dark cherries and it's a decent weight in the mouth for a youthful wine. This wine is incredibly easy drinking and can be enjoyed on its own.
O’Leary Walker, Polish Hill Riesling, 2014
If you’re a Riesling drinker you will love this release from the famed Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare Valley.
It’s pure lime and slate and it’s both up-front and reserved at once. It’s intense through the finish yet it feels watery and refreshing and cool minerality through the centre. It’s beautiful drinking but will cellar, too.
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Riposte, The Sabre, Pinot Noir, 2012£20.95
Tim Knappstein is a legendary winemaker and Pinot Noir is a speciality. Tim has 50 years (older than some of Australia's vineyards) and more than 500 awards under his belt.
This is an extremely well-priced wine because Tim sells his wine at accessible prices – lucky us!
This wine has dark cherry and blueberry with kirsch and floral notes on the palate leading to an opulent finish of soft velvety tannins.
Rusty Mutt ‘Catnip’ Viognier 2017£14.75
Only 150 dozen of this highly expressive Viognier has been produced and we feel very privileged to have some. This is the second wine in to be made in the Rusty Mutt family.
The palate has a lovely texture and mouthfeel without being oily as Viognier is prone to do. There is an abundance of fruit, spice, citrus and hints of green pepper held together will zesty acidity finishing on a clean dry citrus note.
Rusty Mutt ‘Conejo Joven’ Tempranillo 2017£16.50
‘Conejo Joven’ (pronounce ‘j’ like ‘h’) is Spanish for ‘Young Rabbit’. A long time coming, this wine complete’s the immediate family of wines! Named after winemaker Scott's son Tobias, who is a Golden Rabbit in Chinese Astrology.
Rabbits are lucky, don’t take unnecessary risks, are polite, peaceful and funny. They are also meticulous and clean . In many ways, these characters reflect this wine. Clean, familiar and friendly – definitely a no risk wine to open with many foods. It has a bright, exciting edge to it. Give it a go, we are sure it will be your new favourite!
The colour is youthful and bright with moderate depth. The aroma shows some pepper and spice, ripe dark cherry, savoury meats and raspberry. The palate is so approachable! Lovely, round and forward. Tempranillo is a naturally low acid grape which tends to accentuate the ripe fruit characters on the palate. The tannins are mild and in balance, finishing on a warm cherry note.
Rusty Mutt Mixed Case£88.56
On our quest for new and exciting wines we discovered this rather eye-catching label Rusty Mutt, a micro-winery in McLaren Vale, Australia, which produces 500 cases a vintage. Close friends and family persuaded Rusty Mutt’s winemaker Scott to make his own small batch of Shiraz in 2006. He skipped the ‘07, ‘08 and ‘09 vintages and returned to the fray in 2010; we are lucky to have our hands on some of his award-winning batch.
The case price of £93 includes a 10% discount. The selection is as follows:
Rusty Mutt Shiraz, 2012£16.50
This is a tiny production hand-crafted wine, literally only a few thousand bottles. It really is rather special.
Vivid purple-crimson, it has a juicy, supple palate with red and black fruits coated by McLaren Vale chocolate, the silky texture, the structure well balanced. Very attractive wine.
Rusty Mutt, ‘Rocky Ox’ GSM, 2015£16.50
The GSM blend is an 'Australian-ised' version of the French Cotes du Rhone blend. This blend is all about youth, freshness, spice and complexity with very little oak influence.
The name 'rocky ox' comes from winemaker, Scott Heidrich's daughter. He describes her as an “Earth Ox in the Chinese Astrological calendar, so I thought it was fitting as Grenache can show some fantastic earthiness as it develops.”
“The colour is youthful and vibrant and pretty much what you’d expect for a young wine! The aroma is so expressive showing tomato vine, smoked meats, raspberry, guava, blackberry and cloves with charcoal, olive and dense clay earth filling the glass. Once in the mouth you experience so much more. Concentrated ripe pomegranate, fleshy fruit, spice, firm acidity and a lengthy tannic grip. I love this wine, can’t you tell?!” Scott Heidrich, Winemaker.
Anthony Rose, Decanter (March 2016) comments:
“Evolving nicely, intriguing iodine, nutmeg, savoury and mulberry and plummy fruit on the palate with firm acidity. Juicy, supple texture and firm but balanced tannins on the finish. Lovely overall balance and texture, a northern or southern Rhone meets Oz blend?”
Samuel’s Gorge Grenache, 2017£25.50
Justin McNamee of historic Samuel's Gorge cements the sense of place in all of his wines. His old gnarly bush vine grenache grapes are from sub-region Blewitt Springs and this wine is an Olympian in full glory: layer upon layer of every red fruit studded with cardamon, clove and cinnamon, reminiscent of the spice markets of British India.
The 2017 Samuel’s Gorge Grenache is elegant, opening with peppery blood orange and cinnamon. Hints of amaro, field strawberries and undergrowth abound before light, delicate tannins flood the mouth with cherry, faint liquorice and soft red fruits, leaving a fresh acid zing and persistent spice-laden finish.
The wine is bright, inviting you out into a summer’s day of adventure embracing the unknown with beloved friends. The possibilities are endless!
Samuel’s Gorge Mourvedre 2015£24.50
Its full bodied, and the palate has real weight and intensity. It fills the mouth first with dark raspberries, then dark plums, then spices, hints of spicy pepper, leather, chocolate, and much more. This Mourvedre is dominant early, but will settle into the wine with time, which is perfect for what this dense wine needs. Its closed and tight with real structure, some firm but ripe tannins, for a very long and firm finish.
Samuel’s Gorge Shiraz, 2014£24.50
Samuel's Gorge have turned their hands at more Shiraz than any other single grape variety. It is a variety that reins over their province McLaren Vale and for that matter, most regions in South Australia. Its magnitude in accessibility ought not to be confused with magnitude of fruit flavour. It has charmed the world because it delivers concentration but concentration on a multitude of levels.
It is argued that Shiraz from Mclaren Vale shows a distinct regional style. Winemaker Justin McNamee goes further, he argues his shiraz has a signature style distinct from other producers. Justin instead celebrates the diversity that even a small region like McLaren Vale can produce.
Justin's tasting note:
“The nose has a potent lift of liquorice and blackberry fruits. We embrace the mulberries that continue to be a signature of our own estate block and then we build from there. In order to balance the natural sweetness of these berry fruits the wine weaves in savoury of black olives and baccalà with ancient sticky balsamic. Our rustic house style always comfortably returning to a savoury spectrum. The ‘13 shows some engaging twists and turns; the swirl of smoke from a campfire in winter; the smouldering red gum and the dark smells of black coal.”
Samuel’s Gorge, ‘Comet Tail’, Sparkling Shiraz 2014 (bottle fermented)£36.00
There's sparkling red and there's sparkling red and here at Tilley's Wines we don't do things by halves. We make sure our choices pack a punch in quality and over deliver on expectations.
We always steal Samuel's Gorge's winemaker, Justin McNamee's tasting notes because quite frankly our prose pales in comparison and who better to set the tone than the creator himself:
“The epitome of romance in a bottle; traditionally made, bottle fermented, liquored with rare and selected muscats and ports and a result of contemplative devotion to this trade. Reminiscent of a rich Cornetto swirl, chase the surprises and delights offered up by this beautiful sparkling Shiraz. With a starry spray of fine beads dancing from the base of the glass, the Comet Tail sparkling is a must have for any celebratory table.”
The epitome of romance in a bottle; traditionally made, bottle fermented, liquored with rare and selected muscats and ports and a result of contemplative devotion to this trade. Reminiscent of a rich Cornetto swirl, chase the surprises and delights offered up by this beautiful sparkling Shiraz. With a starry spray of fine beads dancing from the base of the glass, the Comet Tail sparkling is a must have for any celebratory table.
Samuel’s Gorge, ‘Mosaic of Dreams’, 2016£49.95
The Mosaic of Dreams is an endeavour to make a wine of ultimate finesse inspired by the exotic landscape of southern Rhone. This wine showcases a beautiful composition of Grenache, Mourvèdre & Syrah, focussing on the visceral rather than the literal elements. Brash blues, the ancient ochre coloured earth, the rose-tinted gulf as the sun sets… the Vale’s own Mosaic of Dreams: a place where these grapes shine.
The wine opens with dark briary fruit, grated nutmeg and the spice of smoked cola with wild notes of ancient tonic. Tamarind paste and dried tangerine peel combine with star anise and roasted pine nuts to fill out the palate. The fine-boned tannins complete the profile. This is a harmonious wine, it dances effortlessly and has a persistent lingering finish.