Max's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Maxs Reserve

Max's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Penfolds Max’s Reserve commemorates the immeasurable influence and legacy of former Chief Winemaker Max Schubert, renowned for his winemaking skill, innovative spirit, vision and determination. The wines have been crafted with Penfolds ‘House Style’ front of mind and use oak maturation to build structure and texture. Max’s Reserve wines are complex yet approachable, with layers of fruit profiles.
When to drink

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking window now - 2029. 


Bright crimson with medium plum core
All the hallmarks of classic cabernet sauvignon are present and accounted for. First impressions are reminiscent of a stroll through the garden. Earthy, leafy notes prevail with dried native mint adding a lovely herbal note.
Further investigation reveals cocoa powder, red currants and blood orange. Underlying cedar notes and cherry wood add further oak derived intrigue.

An abundance of delightful primary fruit characters with blueberries, strawberries and pomegranates competing for attention.
French and American oak maturation characters add a pleasing creaminess and weight to the palate with a distinctive hazelnut signature. Firm tannins with length and drive are supported by a seam of refreshing acidity.

Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia.

Maturation: 12 months in French and American oak, 10% new oak (French)

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vintage Conditions

Above-average winter and spring rainfall offered the vines across South Australia healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Cool days and cooler nights slowed vine growth in early spring with temperatures warming in October. Late flowering and veraison delayed harvest by a few weeks. Weather conditions during ripening were generally dry with conditions favouring fully ripened grapes with well-developed colours and flavours.