2020 Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz
Mark Maxwell and his family established Maxwell wines in 1979 and for many years were best known for their Honey Mead (which is still available).The Silver Hammer takes its name from a famous song by four famous performers from the 1960's (if you can't guess who they are, you are probably too young to be reading wine reviews!). The wine was matured for a period of between 12-18 months in new and seasoned French and American oak hogsheads.
Deep black core with a dark red black tinged hue. Pronounced liquorice, dark plum and dark chocolate aromas flow through the nostrils followed by some vanillin oak and spicy mocha notes. Rich, plump and luxurious in its feel the palate sports an abundance of ripe blackberry, liquorice and dark plum fruits that are delivered with excellent concentration. Vanillin oak, earthy mocha and spice elements linger through the back half. Opulently textured it has velvet smooth tannins and finishes long and lush. Excellent value.
Drink over the next 4-5 years.