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Lime Cave Cabernet 2006

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THE NAME The wine takes its name from a 40 metre long man-made cave, hand-dug in 1916 into the solid limestone hill that is now home to the estate vineyards. The hut-like entrance to the Lime Cave is depicted in the Maxwell of McLaren Vale logo. Above this cave, on the crest of the hill, there are 19 rows of “Reynella Selection” Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Planted in 1972, these vines originate from those brought into South Australia by John Reynell over 150 years ago. VINTAGE CONDITIONS The growing season was fairly mild, with several rain showers in December and January creating concern regarding vine disease. However minimal and welltimed spray programmes avoided any damage. White varietals looked particularly lively with great flavours, while flavour ripeness in the reds occurred at lower sugar levels compared to previous years. Resultant wines are showing very rich, powerful and concentrated flavours without excessive alcohol or jamminess. COLOUR AND AROMA The colour is dense red-black with purple highlights. Perfumed violets intermingle with aromas of blackberry, cedar and spice. PALATE The rich palate offers intense blackcurrant and sweet forest fruits, giving luscious fruit weight and a mouth-filling presence. Underneath these primary flavours is a light earthiness and a hint of sweet cigar smoke. Maturation in French oak provides a well balanced spicy note. Fine tannins persist and provide good palate length. CELLARING POTENTIAL Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at around 6 years of age. Previous vintages of this wine have performed exceptionally well in the winery’s cellars beyond 10 years. TECHNICAL NOTES Varietal composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 100% Alcohol: 14.9% alc./vol. Region (GI): McLaren Vale Total acidity: 8.10 g/L pH: 3.33

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Winery: Maxwell Wines
Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Maxwell Wines:
Since 1979, family owned Maxwell Wines, with its forty acre estate vineyard, has built a reputation for producing hand made, rich and robust reds that combine exquisite fruit quality with structure and finesse. The signature Lime Cave Cabernet and Ellen Street Shiraz reds are acclaimed for their cellaring potential and purity of expression. The white wines achieve freshness and superb varie... Read more
Since 1979, family owned Maxwell Wines, with its forty acre estate vineyard, has built a reputation for producing hand made, rich and robust reds that combine exquisite fruit quality with structure and finesse. The signature Lime Cave Cabernet and Ellen Street Shiraz reds are acclaimed for their cellaring potential and purity of expression. The white wines achieve freshness and superb varietal character via slow, cool ferments that capture the delicacies of the grapes. At Maxwell's, we believe "Life's too short to drink bad wine". The family is also famous for its range of Maxwell Meads, being the most significant producer in the southern hemisphere of this time-honoured, delicious and golden fermented honey. As mead 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 meads in the world. The Maxwell Meads’ purity of flavour is testament to almost 50 years of family research and development. Read less

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Snooth User: Ryan Moynagh
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5.00 5
11/30/2008

Five glasses



THE NAME The wine takes its name from a 40 metre long man-made cave, hand-dug in 1916 into the solid limestone hill that is now home to the estate vineyards. The hut-like entrance to the Lime Cave is depicted in the Maxwell of McLaren Vale logo. Above this cave, on the crest of the hill, there are 19 rows of “Reynella Selection” Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Planted in 1972, these vines originate from those brought into South Australia by John Reynell over 150 years ago. VINTAGE CONDITIONS The growing season was fairly mild, with several rain showers in December and January creating concern regarding vine disease. However minimal and welltimed spray programmes avoided any damage. White varietals looked particularly lively with great flavours, while flavour ripeness in the reds occurred at lower sugar levels compared to previous years. Resultant wines are showing very rich, powerful and concentrated flavours without excessive alcohol or jamminess. COLOUR AND AROMA The colour is dense red-black with purple highlights. Perfumed violets intermingle with aromas of blackberry, cedar and spice. PALATE The rich palate offers intense blackcurrant and sweet forest fruits, giving luscious fruit weight and a mouth-filling presence. Underneath these primary flavours is a light earthiness and a hint of sweet cigar smoke. Maturation in French oak provides a well balanced spicy note. Fine tannins persist and provide good palate length. CELLARING POTENTIAL Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at around 6 years of age. Previous vintages of this wine have performed exceptionally well in the winery’s cellars beyond 10 years. TECHNICAL NOTES Varietal composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 100% Alcohol: 14.9% alc./vol. Region (GI): McLaren Vale Total acidity: 8.10 g/L pH: 3.33

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