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Max’s Garden exhibits a rich, earthy texture with lifted spice and a well-delineated fruit profile. This is a wine with a soft elegant framework that complements the Garden Series for its distinctiveness.
Located to the north of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria, the Heathcote region is at elevations between 160m and 380m. The majority of soil under vine is Cambrian – red and deep with excellent water retention. These calcium-rich red soils are made up of weathered “greenstone” and are prized for their water retention capabilities. While they drain freely, enough water is held in the soil to feed the vine throughout the growing season, and there is rarely need for irrigation in Heathcote. The region’s rainfall is evenly distributed between the seasons and the climate is temperate, with cooling winds blowing from the south. Small, concentrated grapes are the result, and they make rich, concentrated wines. The soils are also notable because they impart deep intrinsic characters – almost a sense of place or terroir – to the wines.
The unique terroir of the Heathcote wine region plays a vital role to Max’s distinct style in comparison to the 5 other Shiraz’s in our Garden Series. Heathcote Shiraz wines are defined by their inky depth of colour, and deep, dark, complex fruit. Voluptuous and well balanced, acid and tannin meld together in a way that does not dominate the fruit, but gives the wine great cellaring ability.
Those orange Cambrian soils on which the vineyard is based, are the inspiration for this label’s colour.