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£23.95
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).
Minini “Tank 76” Nero D’Avola Sicilia Doc 2016£10.95
Produced in the highest hills of Marsala, this Nero d’Avola has the colour of deep garnet red with a dark core. With the bouquet of rich forest fruits, elegant and sophisticated with fruity tones. A full bodied taste with smooth tannins, velvety and intense.
Minini Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC 2016£9.95
Produced in the high hills of Abruzzo, located on the Eastern side of central Italy. This pleasantly dry, sapid, and slightly tannic Montepulciano has the colour of ruby red with orange reflections with age. With a nose that is vinous and intense with hints of spices.
A super value red and great choice with roasts meats and hard cheeses.
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 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.
Piantaferro di Manduria£11.95
An oaked primitivo It is a single varietal Primitivo, from a small vineyard parcel in the heart of the superior Manduria DOC in the heel of Italy. This is a fine example of primitivo: full-bodied, jammy with tones of chocolate and raisins. Really meant to be drunk young, those that love fruity wines will not be disappointed.
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Piantaferro Intrigo Negroamaro IGT£9.95
Intense deep ruby red in colour (almost black which is not surprising since its name, negroamaro, is ‘the black bitter one).
The nose is mature black berry fruits and spices in particular coffee and cinnamon.
The palate is full bodied and rounded with an earthy richness with abundant plum, prune and dark chocolate backed with slight tannin to give texture.
Piantaferro Nero d’Avola IGT£9.95
The wine is full on the palate, soft, warm and harmonious. The velvety tannins are barely noticeable and disappear quickly, followed by some spice, balsamic notes and pleasant liquorice that creep on through providing a long welcome finish.
Primitivo, also known as Zinfandel, is a natural sponge-like grape, jam-packed with flavour after soaking up the Sicilian sunshine. The immediate aroma is sweet, with upfront fruit dark berries, raisins, black cherry and red liquorice. It is very round with aromas and flavours of chocolate and anise. Soft sweet tannins add to its lushness.
An elegant wine with spicy notes of green pepper blended mingled with blackberries and cherries followed by tobacco and vanilla from the oak. Upfront start with good depth of flavour and integrated tannin balanced with the inherent softness really make this an elegant syrah (Shiraz).
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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 Shiraz, 2012£17.95
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£18.95
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, 2014£24.50
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.
Tasting note by winemaker Justin McNamee, “The flavours are strongly linked to the aromas: vibrant, bright red cherry, zesty twist of a tangelo rind and piquant quince paste shaded with dried oregano and wisps of white pepper. It embraces the rusticity of ancient earth and a signature McLaren Vale flint: subtle hints of the sea in delicate ribbons of nori, the savoury umami of white miso. Bright acids and texturally intriguing fine, chalky tannins give amazing line and length.”
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’, 2013£45.95
The nose delivers wafts of rich, simmering ragout, sun-dried tomatoes and drying bundles of sage. Then red fruits prevail – cranberries and strawberries followed by compote of kumquat, raw cacao, sweet spice and old school burnt, brittle toffee. The flavours allude to sweet French jambon and preserved plum pudding. With fine-boned tannins, this wine glides hand-in-hand all the way from the nose to the elegant finish.