Penfolds Max’s Shiraz Cabernet is a tribute to former Chief Winemaker Max Schubert 1948-1975, a legend in Penfolds history. Max’s constant pursuit of excellence paved the way for those who followed in his footsteps and also allowed the status and heritage of Penfolds to grow. A more approachable Penfolds style at release – ideally shelf to glass, save the cellar.
A bluestone slatiness and waft of iron filings immediately captures attention, a Cabernet influence/lift perhaps? Almond cake sweetness and white chocolate create a web with boysenberry and blue fruit aromatics. Structural grip and defined tannins wraps around a palate full of blueberry and mulberry brightness. Black olive and brine-like Nori savouriness add an extra dimension so that fruit doesn’t stand alone.
Autumn and winter were dry and cool across South Australia. Record-low rainfall prevailed through September to March, with some relief seen only in January and February. The climactic conditions meant the start of the growing season was slightly delayed in most regions. The relatively mild ‘Indian’ summer, characterised by an absence of extreme heat, ensured the fruit was able to ripen evenly and develop desirable flavours.
Peter joined the winemaking team in 1989, initially in the craftsmanship of sparkling wines, before moving on to reds as Penfolds Red Wine Maker. In 2002 Peter became the fourth ever Chief Winemaker for Penfolds. Together with his fellow winemakers, Peter’s careful custodianship has ensured that Grange and the other ‘older’ members of the Penfolds family, have continued to set the benchmark for their style and quality, while new additions to the range push the boundaries ever wider.
|Oak Treatment||12 months in new American oak (6% ) and new French oak (2%) with the balance in seasoned French and American oak.|
|Blend||77% Shiraz, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon|